“If you do right, right will follow you.”
Nashville cultural historian Cynthia Bond Hopson visited the Nashville Story Booth yesterday to record her story. Facilitator Martha O’Brien interviewed her and asked Cynthia about her family and her strong bond with her parents. When speaking of her parents, Cynthia’s sparkling eyes, bright smile, and joyful laugh left no doubt about her love and appreciation for them and the lessons they taught her. She described her father as a big man with a big heart who “made everyone want to do better,” including Cynthia and her seven siblings. Among the important life lessons they imparted to their children were to “treat others as you want to be treated” and the belief that “If you do right, right will follow you.” She credits her family’s closeness in part to the fact that they ate dinners together as a family every night, a practice she regretfully acknowledged is on the decline in today’s fast-paced society. She believes that the act of sharing stories with and actively listening to one another at the dinner table helped to endow her with a strong sense of self and an appreciation of her cultural heritage. She feels that because she has been so blessed, it is her responsibility to give back to her family and community in any way she can. It was truly an inspiration to be in the booth with her.