When I was a little girl, I always had stories roaming around my head.
While I was picking flowers.. or doing chores.. or laying in bed.. the stories were there .. flitting in and out like snippets of a movie.
Ha.. many times I would get SO lost in the stories I was creating.. that I would pause in my chores .. and JUST enjoy the storyline I had come up with.
Yes… I probably was frozen in place, still washing the same cup.. with a dopey grin on my face…
((…you can imagine how thrilled my mother was with me.. most of the time….))
Then my two youngest brothers were born… the perfect audience for story snippets .. mwahahahahaha
Sitting out under the trees, I could weave grand adventures for the teenage mutant ninja turtles.. and Star Wars characters. And they would listen enthralled.. and then act them out.
Ok.. ok.. not the best characters for a teenage girl who wanted to be creative and adventurous.. but I honestly didn't mind.
Well?!? .. probably because for the first time, I was able to let those story snippets out of my brain and into the air. And 2 little faces enjoyed them as much as I did.
It felt amazing…
Years later I am still telling stories to little faces. First to my own kids.. and then to my nieces and nephews.
In fact… if we have a family campfire? I usually have a child or 2 on my lap (of varying shapes and sizes) asking for a story.. or 2 .. or 3..
Sometimes I tell stories of my kids when they were little.. (..especially stories of my daughter and her imaginary friends..)..
…sometimes I tell stories with "not so hidden" messages in them.. little pigs getting lost in the forest.. or trains that keep on trying..
… sometimes stories just for fun… stories about Curly (the smallest pig of 9 brothers.. who never gets enough to eat.. and is always looking for food.. )…
… lately I have been getting requests for stories that put the kids on my lap into harm's way.. so that they can be saved… (..bears, wolves… little old ladies who don't live in "gluten free" homes .. (shudders)..)..
But whatever the storyline, I love to see the upturned faces hanging on to my every word.. waiting to see what will happen next..
..begging for another one..
And it makes my heart happy when they tell me stories in return..
Life is so good..