Please read “About this project and the Author” for more information on my project. In this excerpt, Daryl ends his show.
“…As for you, dear listeners and you who joined us for the first time either here at home and around the world, thank you for the kind words you sent to us through different media all night long.
I must admit, I was afraid my story would be heard as a lamentation or come out as an attempt to convince you that my life has been more special or even worse than yours. People sometimes have this propensity to compare stories with others in the hopes that theirs is the saddest. In fact, now that I have shared the events of my early life with you, I find myself mostly lucky to have been able to survive it all. I know that some of the kids who spent time with me at Ville Joie and also a few others who went through similar events in their lives before or after me didn’t have the luck I have had and they are no longer with us to recount their tales, to tell us how confusing and how painful life can sometimes be even if you live in a place called Happy Town.
I guess I can find some pride in knowing that, added to this luck, was the strength I have shown in leading a somewhat normal life in the circumstances, even if it amounts to just doing what had to be done, even if it amounts to nothing more than surviving.
I have learned very early in my life that sometimes, all we need to clear the confusion in our mind or to heal the pain in our heart can find its way to us, wrapped in a short sentence. It’s no coincidence that in this life, one of the many things we should be thankful for is also one of the very few things we know is a certainty. And it’s no coincidence it is also a very short sentence.
It’s a wild world.
We leave you, for now, with this last song from Cat Stevens.”
The great thing after working with someone you trust day in and day out, is that you get to a point where you don’t need to talk to know exactly what someone else is thinking. I knew Susan would keep Wild World as the last song of the show as I suspected she knew it would be appropriately suited for my closing segment. She leaves her booth to come in my studio and proceeds to walk in my direction. I instinctively rise from my chair, stick my phone in my pocket and meet her halfway to give her a big hug as well as thank her for her friendship. Her response is barely audible because the song playing in the background is mixing with the noise outside my booth coming from the crowd that has erupted in applause after the on air light went dark.
As Susan and I look and smile at each other, I can feel my phone vibrate so I reach for it in my pocket to get it out and have a look at it like an old pro.
“Oh good lord,” Susan says.
“You’re gonna get addicted to those aren’t you?”…
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