The Art of Storytelling
~ our family storytelling rhythm ~
There are so many good things I could say about Whole Family Rhythms. But what I want to focus on in particular today is storytelling.
The first couple of times I told my first story I had the script basically sitting right next to me. I kept referring to it, stunting my story a little, nevertheless Birdie was completely engaged! I quickly realised that part of storytelling is fostering imagination and insight. My own imagination as well as my children’s. As soon as I had finished she wanted me to tell it again. And again. And again.
Having had my second baby recently, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to search around for perfect props. I think for the first story I told I used a wooden block as a farmer, a toy rabbit as a mother and an upside down cup as a hill. While I was fretting over the details, like the perfectionist I am, Birdie couldn’t have cared less.
After the first week of storytelling most days, I stumbled across Birdie playing on her own one morning. It was one of those moments you walk into the room during something quiet and brilliant and sacred. I quickly took a few steps back and watched her from the doorway. She had arranged her own props, river, farmland, characters, and was carefully narrating a story unfolding in front of her. She remembered most of the story I had been telling, and the parts she didn’t absolutely didn’t bother her – she was improvising as she went and bopping the characters across the scene.
Lucy is a making, sewing, scribbling, writing, naturopathy-studying, op-shopping, coffee-drinking, toddler-toting mama trying to live the simple life down under. You'll find her cooking up a wholefood storm, at the park, behind the sewing machine, doing yoga with a baby hanging from her toe, on the floor hidden under toys and dirty washing, or sipping a hot cuppa.
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