Okay, now let's look at that list you created. You have before you a list of stories your family commonly tells. It may be a short list, or it may be very long, or somewhere in between. The important thing is that the list has started. You have taken the first step to strengthening your family. Knowing the stories that matter to your family helps create a sense of identity and unity. You have stepped onto the path of becoming the storyteller in your family.
We're not talking performance here, we're talking communication. Families thrive when communication remains strong. Knowing your stories and talking about them provides a foundation to build upon. This process begins with one person and that person is you. However - you don't need to keep walking this path alone.
Take your list and start talking to the rest of the family. Do they remember these stories? Are there other stories they would add to the list? Have you forgotten anything? Do their suggestions trigger more memories for you?
Add to the list by talking to your family.
We'll be here when you get back.
A national award-winning storyteller and author who is passionate about using story as a vehicle to turn and heal hearts, Teresa Clark has spent over twenty years practicing her craft with at-risk youth, women, the aged, and families. Teresa has passionately advocated for storytelling on the local, regional, and national level both as producer and administrator. She is a storyteller, teacher, published author, historian, researcher, blogger, and most importantly, a wife, mother, and grandmother.