Our assignment this week in class was to say a story that our families tell all the time, well, that really got me to thinking. What is a story and where do they come from?
I have a small child who loves for me to read her stories. It doesn’t matter if it is at night or midday. You can tell that her little mind just wanders off into story land as I am reading whatever is the book of the hour. When I am finished a lot of the times she wants it read again. Her imagination just runs wild with all the ideas and discoveries in the book and I think that is why stories are so important to us even as adults. I believe storytelling opens up a different world of possibilities and hope. Even when we listen to the stories our families tell over and over depending on who is telling the story, it gets bigger and bigger. The guy who you beat up was ten times your size, the fish you caught was so big it was pulling the boat, or you were so nervous that you were literally shaking in your boots. These things might not be all the way true but to you at that time it was the most accurate portrayal of the current events. These stories are important because for the most part they show triumph and courage. We love reading books that have a good hero or some good drama because someone always comes out on top. I feel like stories give us a sense of purpose in our everyday sometimes mundane lives. Everyone needs a little excitement in their lives and hence the story.