Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.
One of the most famous storytellers of all time is Scheherazade the Arabian princess who saved her life by enchanting the sultan with stories night after night. Eventually, the sultan fell in love with her and, instead of chopping off her head, made Scheherazade his queen. The famous narration became known as A Thousand and One Nights. As the story goes, Scherazade collected stories she had heard about epic battles, legends, and poetry.
Collecting stories is one of my favorite things. I have interviewed family members and listened to stories told around dinner tables. I love to hear reminisces told by friends and relatives about days gone by. I also like to retell the stories as I understand them. Stories bind us to people we love, confirming our connections. Stories also bring people who have passed on, back into our conversations. Their essence lies in the stories. Stories don’t have to be set in the faraway past. The epic adventure that happened to your brother last week can be just as compelling as Grandpa’s hitchhiking story across the country when he was 17.
For today, let’s focus on a story a close family member can tell you. How will you retell the story in your journal?
Until tomorrow, Everyone.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.