As for me, there was little time to bask in the warm glow of the 'Gift of Story' performance for I had to prepare for another workshop--this one for the Methodist Ministers Conference/Retreat near Glasgow. This half-day workshop saw a group of ministers gather to explore the art of storytelling and its relevance to their work. A chance to share practice and stories with one another.
A late call saw me going out to West Lothian to help the staff and pupils at Addiewell Primary School celebrate World Book Day. Everyone was dressed up in costume reflecting their favourite story characters. The P1s and 2s swarmed around me as I set up. They just had to hear what a guitar and banjo sounded like. They also marvelled at my Japanese meditation bowl, gonging it for effect. They also discovered my bag of finger puppets and asked a million questions before finally settling down at my feet for stories. How attentive and appreciative they were.
However, I was coming down with a cold and I could feel my voice wavering. In the middle of the "Wide Mouthed Frog" it went. Open mouth, nothing came out. Good thing the kids had picked up on the refrain "I'm a wide-mouthed frog and I eat bugs!" A few did remark that my croak was a pretty good imitation of a frog.
|Drawing of Kaminik by P6 pupil at Addiewell Primary School|
The morning finished with a session with the P7s and some other P6s. All in all, it was a wonderful morning of storytelling, even if when I got home, I collapsed into bed for a week.