Hello, Everyone. Can't believe it's Thursday already! Hope you are all doing well. Corbin posted this about an hour ago:
"Another night of digging through the trenches of history! It became easier last night, perhaps by the volumes of stuff to sort through - mostly photos. At first it was extremely difficult to simply dump any picture my mom was in, but by nights end, after thousands of images, it became much easier, especially if we simply had no idea of who the other people in a photo were.
Which brings me to the salient point of this post - my mother's door was clearly open to all - family, friends and strangers alike. She literally touched tens of thousands of people, shaking their hands, a kiss on the cheek. (She obviously touched millions more who simply watched her on TV over the years.) But honestly, the volume of people she came into contact with, from all walks of life, is simply staggering. And with the exception of once or twice - again literally - the thing we noted (my brother, sister and I) was that her smile could ignite a world on fire! And it was always there, even when we knew she must have been exhausted. And her beauty! The camera loved her. But it was that smile, wide and filled with hope, always, that simply takes your breath away! Thousands of images of that! Hard to simply "dump."
But alas, "dump" we did; there is only so much one can hold onto and I think we did a fine job of sorting through it all. Tonight we are on to her more personal things as related to her career, reviews, press clippings, and so on. 10 boxes of it! This will be more difficult I imagine, not only trying to understand the personal value but also the historical value and then, what to do with it. We do have an idea brewing: HEADS UP ALERT for her bigger fans; but we are putting a small trove of her more prized career things aside, photos and all, and considering a sale of some sort that coincides with the Young and Restless fan weekend here in August. We believe that her fans should have some of her "stuff." We can then funnel some of the proceeds to her charities once again. A nice full circle and the way she might want it. More on that in weeks ahead. Let me know if you think that's a good idea - especially those committed "Coopers Troopers!"
Regarding that, Cooper's Troopers - we have a FB page almost complete and I'll direct you there in the next few days. It'll be a great place for us to dig more into exciting Film and TV stuff I have brewing as we discussed, and not burden this more personal space with that. FYI - it will be called Jeanne Cooper's Troopers as there were dozens of other "Cooper's Troopers..."
Back to our history lesson...
I imagine it's going to take weeks to sift through all of it instead of the "days" that I had anticipated. All in all, it's an interesting part of this journey. To be honest, the ride of this journey has been nothing short of astounding. I looked back the other night at the first post regarding a concern for her health and now, almost 3 months later... here we are. I also wanted to note that I DO READ as many of your comments as possible and often take your advice along with your love and support. I also am, not sure of the right word, but "touched" by your stories of parents, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters and friends passing and how you've dealt with it. We are, in the end, all in the same boat, on the same sea, vulnerable to shifting tides and swells (of emotion) We are, as she would say, simply one in the same. And that's the real lesson to date, how we are connected. It's why her door was always open... to all those in the photographs I looked at...
To shut her door would not only mean keeping people out of her life, but more importantly meant she would be shutting herself out to the world. She knew we were all one in the same, thus her door was open, smile on her face, arms open wide to all.
Along with her writings were little notecards with "thoughts" in a sentence or two... I especially like this one:
"If people look to YOU for your ABILITIES or CONFIDENCE, keep yours! - INSPIRE THEM to THEIR OWN! They become better - and YOU have become even more!