Stories are wonder-full. Using a language that reaches beyond our everyday words they speak directly to our heart and soul. It is a language of signs and symbols and of reassuringly familiar characters.
The world of stories is a world of hope, of courage, wisdom, adventure and justice. It is a world that holds a magic mirror up to our own human experience and acts as a guide to help us navigate our way through life's tricky terrain.
Many of the stories we share have been passed down through generations of people over many hundreds of years, crossing continents and cultures as they go. When we enter the world of these stories together it's as if we too are travelling the world and travelling through time, connecting with all those who have gone before us.
I asked my six year old daughter what she loves about stories. This is what she said...
"They're magical. You can share them with your friends. They're funny and they teach us things. If little babies hear stories they will learn how to talk. Stories can teach you how to be a grown-up"
"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. This is how people care for themselves."