Virality and the Ricochet Meetup

 

I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meetup at my house, and 400 people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

Then I woke up, with a slight cold … and my beloved brought me breakfast and informed me that I’d “gone viral.” A story I told on The Moth a while ago has been re-released as a video (didn’t know they’d filmed it!) and has had 1.4 million hits.

An image of the little girl I call Nina, who loved her cousin Andy, rose before my eyes. How odd it is that her story is now part of the lives of a million strangers. She (a third-grader by now) is waiting under the grey sky for the school bus.

There are so many people in the world, and yet it is so small. I’ll see some of you — probably not 400, though! — in Massachusetts this weekend!

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Number of viewers and shares up by one. Wow! Get your hankies out!

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  2. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Kate Braestrup:I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meet-Up at my house, and four hundred people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

    We’ll bring our own forks . . .

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  3. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Beautiful!  My eyes were leaking after listening to that podcast episode, so I’ll wait a bit before watching the video.  And I’m disappointed that I couldn’t rearrange my schedule for the Boston meetup. /-:

    Side note:  As soon as I saw the headline, before reading further, my brain said “Kate misspelled virility…”  (-:

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Couldn’t you take the dream party down the street to The Drouthy Bear Pub?

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  5. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Do you have a YouTube link?  My computers won’t go to Facebook.

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  6. AUMom Member
    AUMom
    @AUMom

    When I listened to Here If You Need Me (when it first came out), I was amazed. After seeing this video, I am inspired. Thanks.

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  7. PHCheese Inactive
    PHCheese
    @PHCheese

    Hollywood !!!

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  8. Kay of MT Inactive
    Kay of MT
    @KayofMT

    My computer doesn’t do face book either.

    I went to Facebook and they wanted me to sign up, but gave me an option of “not now” which I clicked and they let me watch the video anyway!

    Beautiful story Kate. Thank you.

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  9. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Let’s see what this does.

    Grief, to a five-year-old

    What a five-year-old taught me about grieving. (Thanks to Kate Braestrup and The Moth)

    Posted by Iris on Friday, November 3, 2017

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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Doesn’t look as if The Moth has posted it on Youtube.

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  11. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Thanks Kate for a lovely story about Nina, a little girl with a good heart. Thanks also for your story about Drew and you. I smiled a a bit when you described dressing Drew in his Class A uniform, and shed some tears as well.

    Pax Christi

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  12. Kevin Schulte Member
    Kevin Schulte
    @KevinSchulte

    Kate, thank you for sharing. I am going to pass this along to my whole family.

    If I or any of my loved ones ever meet a tragic demise. Please Lord, send someone like Kate.

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  13. iWe Coolidge
    iWe
    @iWe

    What an amazing and touching speech. Thank you for all that you do.

    • #13
  14. I Shot The Serif Member
    I Shot The Serif
    @IShotTheSerif

    Tears. I’m excited to meet you tomorrow.

    • #14
  15. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    I Shot The Serif (View Comment):
    Tears. I’m excited to meet you tomorrow.

    Me, too! (You have to let me buy your supper. Ask your fiancee why…!)

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  16. Kate Braestrup Member
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    @GrannyDude

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Let’s see what this does.

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

    Grief, to a five-year-old

    What a five-year-old taught me about grieving. (Thanks to Kate Braestrup and The Moth)

    Posted by The Scene on Friday, November 3, 2017

    Thanks, Arahant. I don’t have Facebook either, so I had to see it on my husband’s computer.

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  17. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):
    Couldn’t you take the dream party down the street to The Drouthy Bear Pub?

    Four hundred people?!? It’d be a bit of a squish!

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  18. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):
    Beautiful! My eyes were leaking after listening to that podcast episode, so I’ll wait a bit before watching the video. And I’m disappointed that I couldn’t rearrange my schedule for the Boston meetup. /-:

    Side note: As soon as I saw the headline, before reading further, my brain said “Kate misspelled virility…” (-:

    Hah! I intended that…

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  19. Mark Wilson Member
    Mark Wilson
    @MarkWilson

    Beautifully told!  Bring back a lot of tender memories.

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  20. TG Thatcher
    TG
    @TG

    Thank you, Kate.

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  21. Trink Coolidge
    Trink
    @Trink

    I just saw it on a friend’s FaceBook page! You’ve given a beautiful gift to so many Kate.  Thank you.

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  22. J.D. Snapp Coolidge
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    @JulieSnapp

    I watched that video story of yours this morning. I don’t remember cutting onions while laying in bed, but I must have!

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  23. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Recall your sharing Nina with us; warmth, hope, and gratitude, dear colleague and friend!  Lovely to see you in this!  Have a wonderful Meetup!

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  24. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):
    Recall your sharing Nina with us; warmth, hope, and gratitude, dear colleague and friend! Lovely to see you in this! Have a wonderful Meetup!

    We’ll miss you, Nanda!

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  25. Skyler Coolidge
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    @Skyler

    I almost lost it when she put the telescope in his hand, but I recovered.

    And then when she said goodbye, I did lose it.

    What a powerful story.

    I think she’s a wonderful young lady.  I think we coddle ourselves too much.  We act as though we should not be exposed to such things, but contrary to popular sentiment, it doesn’t hurt.  And it probably helps.

    Thanks Kate.  Beautifully told.

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  26. Quinn the Eskimo Member
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    Kate Braestrup: I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meetup at my house, and 400 people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

    Maybe that explains the dream I had about 400 forks.

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  27. SWBart Member
    SWBart
    @SWBart

    I never put the two together, but I’ve heard your stories on the Moth before.  You tell a whale of a story, I wish I was half that good.

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  28. barbara lydick Inactive
    barbara lydick
    @barbaralydick

    What can be said that hasn’t been already said above.  Nothing here save for my thanks for sharing Drew and Nina with us.  I’ll be carrying those stories with me forever – and sharing them when I can. (Tho I’ll never be able to do it as beautifully as you did. Truly, you told them beautifully.

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  29. PJS Coolidge
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    @PJS

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    Ricochet Meetup

    I’m excited to meet both of you!

    • #29
  30. drlorentz Member
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    @drlorentz

    I am simply awed at the strength and resilience of my fellow humans, even a little kid like Nina.

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