On the Playground is Where I Spent Most of My Days
|Thanks Wikipedia for this image!|
A good story, short or long, real or made up, will stick in the minds of anyone who hears it. Whether it is put to music, performed, or shared around the dinner table, it will rattle around in your brain bringing you something to think about later. That is why some of you know Will Smith's story. I'm sure if I asked some people what they were doing on September 11, 2011, they would have a story to tell. Maybe you will even have something to share if I were to ask about your first kiss, or a time you had your heart broken.
|My grandparents, before|
the world had color. The story of
their courtship for two years
while he was in WWII is one
of my favorites.
I continue our family tradition in my own way now. As an undergrad in college I had the privilege of studying with Rosemary Vohs, who taught two storytelling classes, at Western Washington University. We learned the history of storytelling, or as much as we could, we told stories, and heard stories, we even competed in storytelling competitions! I also got to know Swil Kanim, a Native American violinist, actor, and storyteller extraordinaire. He showed me how personal stories can bring people together. Now I pass on their knowledge, just as many storytellers have done throughout history, to others. I teach a quarter long course at my school and it is by far my favorite part of my job! For 8 glorious weeks we spin tales, play storytelling games, change our personalities and voices, and put on one heck of a show. And then at the end of 8 weeks, I get a whole new group of kids who are raring to go.
|One of my students tells|
her version of "The Gigantic Turnip."
This week, I will be celebrating National Storytelling Week, but it won't be too difficult for me. If YOU would like to celebrate, I suggest you turn off your TVs (or whatever new-fangled device you hold...books included!) and tell someone a story. Or maybe ask someone to tell you a story. (I highly recommend little kids and grandparents!) Make it up, change one around, or keep it simple. And now, to help you get started....
Once upon a time...