Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tell me a story

Every night my youngest daughter asks to hear a story from "when i was a little kid." The pet stories have been the biggest hits, and tonight's story brought gales of laughter. It was one of my Petie the parakeet stories about the time he was flying around the house and landed in a pot of cooking spaghetti. Fearing that the bird might be boiled alive, I quickly scooped him out and rinsed his blue feathers, now tinged with an orange glow. He survived, and so did we. (We ate the spaghetti)!

I remember hearing stories about my own parents' childhood adventures with their siblings and how we begged for more. Remember when Uncle J. put raisins in my aunt's baby doll's diaper and when she went to change it, what a surprise! I even have memories of hearing my grandparents' childhood stories and how precious those are to me now.

Reading stories to your kids creates a wonderful connection between you and the story. You are all caught up in the same imaginative world at the same time. But don't forget to tell the old stories of you every now and then too. Stories of our past build a heritage that they will pass on to their children. And the stories mean so much more because they are your stories, and someday your stories will become their stories.


Momma Roar said...

What a wonderful post - my dad often tells the kids stories - but I haven't been doing that. You're right, it is a good way to pass on our heritage! Thanks!

Lori said...

Great post and neat idea.
We read stories here everyday.
But I like Leigh Ann don't take the time to tell or think of telling stories about my past.

Amber said...

I don't think I have amazing stories like that,or if I do, I can't remember. Although my great aunt recently came to visit and I quote, she said, "I never really did anything bad when I was little, I almost burnt down a forest, but other than that I was a good girl."
I don't know about when she was younger, but I tell ya, she's an old whipper snapper;)

0:) Amber

MorningSong said...

A great idea! We always read stories and my daughter asks us to tell her stories about when she was little (she is 4). We need to add stories about us now too! Thanks for this idea!