As far back as I can remember, storytelling has been a special part of our children’s lives. At night, the kids would huddle around me as I played music in the background and narrated stories that came to mind as I listened to the mood of the music. None of us knew where we would go – we only knew every turn was an adventure. Sometimes we’d laugh, other times they’d clutch their pillows in anticipation – but every time, we’d make memories in real life and imaginary worlds at once.
The magic of story was something Mitchell held close to his heart. One day, probably soon, I’ll share a story he wrote with his own handwriting in his special journal. For Mitch, and my other children, stories were not only a means of escape, they became a window to possibility, and a candle that illuminated strengths I saw in them.
Over the last year I’ve been slowly assembling some content to help other families enjoy the same thing our children did. I’ll be posting some of this content here over the next few days. Some of the videos share tender stories of Mitchell and his love of stories, others give ideas on how you can try this form of storytelling with those you love.
I share this because storytelling was a big part of Mitchell’s life. Even during his final weeks on hospice, he wanted to get swept away in story so he could take his mind off heavy things.
So, whether you have sick kids or healthy kids, young ones, or old ones … this content is for you and anyone willing to experience the magic of storytelling.