As a digital storyteller, it is sometimes difficult to turn off my brain. I find myself thinking of story ideas in the simplest of places. Take today, for instance, I was at the Wisconsin Humane Society dropping off an injured bird I found in the back yard. The easy story here would have been about the bird and how I kept it in my home for three days to make sure it was going to be alright. But that isn't the story that came to me as I walked across the parking lot.
About two years ago the society started building an area in their parking lot that appears from the road to be a meeting place. So after I had made sure my new little friend would be taken care of and had a chance to be returned to the wild, I headed to the structure to see what was up.
The area is a beautifully sculpted center walled off from the city traffic a short distance away. When you walk around the corner and through the arch you are greeted by non-other than St. Francis himself. A large carved wall at the other end of the garden informs the wandering visitor that this is Lorraine's Garden. It was created through a gift from a family that truly saw the value in not only caring for animals, but welcoming them into your family.
While I was marveling in the beautiful garden and the peace it brought to my heart a family approached and started looking at the bricks, for a small amount you can buy a brick and remember a loved one, and their love for nature. They had purchased a brick for their grand mother, the family consisted of a husband, wife and their two sons. I watched for a brief moment and then headed to my car. I wanted to remember this moment and I started writing a story in my head. I thought to myself, if that family could only sit with me for five minutes, I would love to find out more about grand mom and why animals where so important to her life. I am sure there was more than one story that travels through Lorraine's Garden, and I'm happy that Lorraine's family thought of others when it came time to remember her life and the animals she cared about, that is another story I'd love to tell. Perhaps this is why Einstein Productions means so much to me, besides the obvious people we will help in the store, its the number of stories out there just waiting to be told.
Carole Burns is a multi-media specialist. She is one of the co-founders of Einstein Productions. Carole is the mother of a 24 year old radio mogul and a 21 year old photographer.