TEEN AMBASSADOR: HANNAH CHAMBERLAIN | FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Some people use stories to pass the time, others use stories to pass traditions from generation to generation. But for me, stories allow people to live in another person’s shoes for just a little while and recognize the joys and hardships they have faced in their lives. The Moth, which is most commonly known by its radio segments, is a show that is full of people telling stories ranging from funny, heartwarming stories to serious yet motivating stories. The storytellers in the show were Meg Ferrill, Christopher Herbert, Molly Kendall, Abeny Kucha, and Daniel Turpin.
One story that really resonated with me was Meg Ferrill’s story about the process she and her partner went through to have a child. She brought comedy to the exhausting process she and her wife went through to have a child of their own. Ferrill allowed many of these moments in the process that you would think to be very serious, such as looking for the right sperm, to be incredibly funny and entertaining. She had a way of telling her story so that everyone, even if they don’t have children or have a child but didn’t go through the same process she did, could relate to her on some level. Ferrill ended her story by talking about the unconditional love she and her wife have for their new child. This showed the audience that no matter what you go through to have a child the same main ingredient is necessary to have a happy and healthy child: an unlimited supply of love.
The final story of the night was Abeny Kucha’s story about her experience of escaping the civil war and genocide in South Sudan. From the beginning of Kucha’s story, it seemed that this story would be the highlight of the night and it fulfilled and surpassed all expectations. Kucha relived her experience of escaping her horrible life in South Sudan and traveling all over Eastern Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia) to try to find a better life. She explained the challenges and hardships she faced while in Africa, such as losing her husband during the civil war and losing a child to starvation. Kucha then explained how she and her children moved from Africa to the United States. In the US they faced many unexpected challenges and had to adjust to, what we think are, the simplest things, like smoke alarms. But regardless of all of these challenges, Kucha was very grateful because her children were able to get an education and one of her daughters even graduated from law school recently. By the end of Kucha’s story I don’t think there was a dry eye in the theatre. Her story made the audience realize just how lucky we are to live in a place where we aren’t worried about our safety and survival on a daily basis. This was the last time Abeny Kucha was going to tell her story on the stage and New Bedford was lucky enough to witness it.
The Moth in New Bedford allowed people to experience for a short period of time what others have experienced and relive some of the happiest and saddest moments of their lives. In a world where hate is trying to conquer love, we need to remember that in our simplest forms we are all just human being trying to do what’s best for ourselves and our families. And by telling stories we can become more connected as humans than ever before. So through it all, never stop telling your story.