StoryCorps Chicago: ‘You’re The Only Person In The World Who Understands Me’

Makayla Bailey came to Chicago to celebrate her sister Meredith’s 21st birthday.
Makayla Bailey came to Chicago to celebrate her sister Meredith’s 21st birthday. Courtesy of StoryCorps
Makayla Bailey came to Chicago to celebrate her sister Meredith’s 21st birthday.
Makayla Bailey came to Chicago to celebrate her sister Meredith’s 21st birthday. Courtesy of StoryCorps

StoryCorps Chicago: ‘You’re The Only Person In The World Who Understands Me’

When Meredith Bailey was eight years old and her sister, Kayla, was 10, their mother died. Five years later, their father also passed away, and the sisters were left without parents. It was a trauma that brought them closer together.

Last year, Meredith moved to Chicago and turned 21. Kayla made the trip from Ohio for the special birthday, and they marked the occasion by visiting the StoryCorps booth in the Chicago Cultural Center to talk about the loss of their parents and their own special bond.

Bill Healy produces StoryCorps for WBEZ. Follow him @chicagoan.