Tell Me a Story
At night when I'm bone tired, or in the middle of the day when the task at hand enraptures me, one of my girls asks, "Mama, would you tell me a story?" I breathe in deep, because telling a story means I have to pull out creativity from a dry well at that moment. Or the retelling of a story is about as bland as plain ole' russet potatoes.
And when she says, "tell me a story," she's not talking about the kind written in a book. She wants to walk the words into a world she is familiar with only the tongue. I am the teller. She is the illustrator, painting the imagery into being.
What a Storyteller Looks Like
Before I had children, I worked at a childcare center. I was in charge of the school age department, where I developed a pretty fantastic summer program for the kids & staff. We would begin each morning with J.A.M. (Jesus and Me). My most deliciously favorite part was when I got to tell the kids the story. I would lead them by the hand into the cosmos blasting to the hovering of peace & strength as God dwelled on earth, and lead them back to reality. I would tell personal tales of a young girl who helped her brother put out a fire in their backyard in the blazing Arizona sun.
I saw how I got to create worlds, painting word pictures for them to see the story of God come alive, interactive. This was all due to oral storytelling. I fell in love with story so much and the power of it, we gave 'Storey' as our eldest middle name. It means 'Strong and Powerful.'
The Importance of Storytelling
Oral storytelling has become less and less important in our society. It somehow seems frivolous to retell family stories, personal tales, folktales, or ones you make up, because it's not hitting the 20 minute a day required reading mark for kids? Or, why not just pick up a book and let the author do the telling?
The power of storytelling actually increases a child's ability to become a more competent and confident public speaker over one who has only been read stories from picture books. They hear nuances, pauses, and most of all, they picture the world the storyteller is describing in their head; rather, than a world already prescribed for them by the illustrator.
Am I saying throw out your picture books? No. What I am saying is see how powerful stories are?
Storytelling Reframes Your Own Story
For me personally, I am able to weave a tale of how my daughters are the heroines. I know their fears, difficulties and insecurities more than an author invited in my home. I get to spin the images, character (they are the main character), setting, conflict, resolution, etc to empower them.
I believe the stories we tell ourselves can either inhibit or help us. Storytelling has become the medicine for my family, where the heroine was able to control her emotions, or by wearing a stinky sock tutu the littlest sister saved her big sisters, or seeing what the world looked like through my eyes the day they were born.
Storytelling Cooking Class
This is why I am offering as far as I know, the first ever Storytelling Cooking Class. I want to teach both the semantics of story are and how to tell a story, while teaching you how to cook & share a meal. Our families' favorite time of day is dinner time, where we get to share our stories from the day with one another. Would you like to join me and become empowered to share your stories & a better cook? Sign up for my Storytelling Cooking Class before the spots fill up. Plus, it will be in my home and an intimate setting of 10 people. I would love to have you at my table.