It’s not a regular occurrence, but it does seem to happen more frequently lately.
The person I’m interviewing for an episode of The Advocate Podcast gets choked up, pauses to collect their thoughts, then continues with their answer.
Doesn’t seem to matter what the topic is, either. It’s happened with the musician discussing the inspiration behind a new song and the small business owner describing their new start up. It’s understandable, really.
The past 12 months, to be sure, has made most of us more reflective and, often, emotional. As the person asking the questions, I’ve learned to pause, too, and let the moment sink in for the person at the other end of the microphone – (attached to a six-foot extension, these days).
What is new, however, is this: in more than 25 years as a journalist and interviewer, I’d never been the one choking up, having to pause, then collecting myself as I moved on to posing the next question. Until the most recent episode of The Advocate Podcast, that is.
It was only a brief moment but felt much longer, while speaking to Lindsay native Haleigh Wallace. The I.E. Weldon grad is currently living in the Hamilton area while attending McMaster University. She’s also working part-time as a front desk screener for a long-term care facility in that city. That put her at the front of the line for The Vaccine.
Yes, capital letter, there, in Vaccine – appropriate, given the magnitude of its impact on the entire planet.
Wallace shares her very personal experience leading up to and receiving the historic inoculation, in thoughtful and passionate language. “I’ve never been this excited about getting a needle,” says Wallace, 21, her face beaming throughout the Zoom conversation.
She goes on to describe the euphoric mood amongst colleagues who also received the Vaccine that day and those administering it. That feature interview is a window into what we here in Kawartha Lakes might expect when we roll up our sleeves in the coming months. And, likely, it’ll make you choke up a bit, too.
Denis Grignon is the producer/host of The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes, which is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Subscribe, for free, courtesy of official sponsor, Wards Lawyers.
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