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After 30 days of storytelling for the Slice of Life March Challenge…I am feeling my storytelling well run dry.
After 30 days of being part of a community of writers dedicated to the idea that writing teachers must write their stories, too, I am proud of having supported this community…but weary of the effort, too.
On Tuesday afternoon, I stepped back from reading slice of life stories, and plunged into my world of podcasts – my library of stories from the world:
I listened to voices sharing stories of grief, humor, triumph and sacrifice. Each story unravelled some new wrinkle of human experience, exposed soft shadows of sorrow, and brought light to this mysterious endeavor we are all engaged in: living life as best we can.
Stories from the world, asking to be honored and heard.
The last podcast I listened to featured a daughter trying to understand her mother’s story. Much had not been said in the years before, and so the interview was like watching an onion being peeled – layer upon layer of story and the meaning of the story…what it was then, what it means now. At the end, the mother is glad to have begun to share her story with her daughter – there was discovery on both ends of the conversation. “I am a person,” the mother says; “Yes, but for a long time I didn’t think so,” the daughter replies.
Stories. Connections. Bonds. Slices of our lives…