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Unconditional Love


Story Corp

Even though you’re reading this, click the link and listen to the conversation that I’m writing about.

I heard this story Friday morning and, like Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, I found myself just plain moved.

This past Friday’s Story Corps interview on NPR’s morning edition, featured a conversation between mother and daughter Bonnie and Myra Brown.

Standard fare you think? Not in this conversation.

Ms. Brown “is intellectually disabled, works at Wendy’s while raising Myra as a single mom.” (NPR) While Myra is a student in her high school’s gifted and talented program.

I may never hear a greater expression of unconditional love than in this exchange between mother and daughter:

“I am really thankful because you understand me, and you love me, and you accept me. And … thank you for that,” Ms. Brown tells her daughter.

“I don’t know, you kind of make it seem like I tolerate you — I love you. You’re a good parent, and just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean that you do anything less for me…I want you to know that even though our situation is unique, I’m happy that I am in it because I am happy that I am with you,” Myra says.

Something is right in the world.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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