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Our future...in the Eyes of the Young.

Good morning. I have been so busy and then a migraine hits...not the best timing. 
This kept me from being able to post.  I try every day to blog, but the last 2 days was difficult.  I am nearing the end of the show.  Today and tomorrow is all that is left.  Will regroup and get ready for the store which I will help set up next week.  
Polar Express name has been changed to another name and will still happen on next Saturday in Downers Grove.  I am looking forward to riding the train and telling stories. 
As for today's blog, I have been thinking a lot about teachers.  I met a sweet young girl yesterday.  We had a wonderful discussion about the art of storytelling.  I found this to be an enchanting conversation.  I shared my concerns about the future of storytelling.  How I felt that the art is dwindling and she in turn shared with me her concerns because of the way the arts are being cut out in the schools.  She will join my storytelling guild to start to learn storytelling.  I am so pleased to see that someone of her age is interested in this field of entertainment. 
After she left, I contemplated how this field of art is not just an art in the schools, but an art in the home.  It is a tradition that is handed down through generations.  It is not only that, but also stories of various countries.  It is folk lore that is handed down.  In the American Indian tribes it is held as religion and morals that are taught.  Stories happen every day.  It is the way they are told and shared.  There are areas of stories for every type of situation.  Stories are like medicine.  They can be healing tools.  They can make you laugh, reflect, cry, intrigue and think.  They are tools that making learning fun by the way the stories are shared. 
I am looking forward to a program for a school in a couple of weeks where I will be performing a Revolutionary War program.  Stories about actual people and what occurred.  About famous women that you may have never realized were such a bog part of that War.  It will be interesting for me, as always to see the reaction of the children.  I try to make things real and interesting so that they can relate and question. 
When I think about being grateful, I am grateful for this job.  I have learned so much in these past 14 years of storytelling.  I have had thoughts come to mind that make me research the answers and place into a program.  I have met wonderful people who have asked for specific programs that only created more interest in other areas.  I have not only learned about things for the program, but also for my own personal growth. 
I look forward to mentoring this young girl and hope that perhaps I will make a difference in her life, because then it will stimulate a "pay it forward" mode.  Perhaps there is hope for the continuing of the art. We always must look into the eyes of the young to see the future...because they are the future.   

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