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Learning Life's Lessons: Love and Coping
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Learning Life's Lessons: Love and Coping

Learning Life's Lessons: Love and Coping

Learning Life's Lessons: Love and Coping
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Melva Hightower and her 12-year-old nephew Tyler visited the flagship StoryCorps booth in New York.

Melva Hightower and her 12-year-old nephew Tyler visited the flagship StoryCorps booth in New York City. StoryCorps hide caption

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The StoryCorps oral history project features a conversation between Melva Hightower and her 12-year-old nephew Tyler this week. Their interview was recorded in StoryCorps' flagship sound booth in New York's Grand Central Terminal.

In their session, the pair discuss "the most important lessons that you've learned thus far in life" — although the question comes with one acknowledgement: "Granted, I know you’re only 12."

As they talk about ways of adjusting and coping with life, the two also touch on the loss of one of Melva Hightower's dear friends to AIDS. But as she tells Tyler, "I have all those wonderful memories" that help her every day.

Stories from the StoryCorps oral history project can be heard every Friday on 'Morning Edition'. This week, the mobile booths are in in Charleston, W.V., and Minneapolis.

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