Monday, February 25, 2008

Tell Me Again.

I've always liked stories... just not necessarily reading them.

I've been told I'm good at telling them... and bad... that sometimes I talk with my hands (but not as much as my sister)... and I often run off on tangents.  I think that animated people tell them best, and details are essential... and a true gift is when our lives produce stories that are better than the made up...

My mom often listens to books on tape, and for the longest time i've been amused by anyone who has chosen their profession to be that of a professional story teller (how do you get to that point anyway?!?!).  I always wonder about the reader and how he/she decides to differentiate the characters by voice... I mean how long do you suppose they actually spend on figuring those out?  Some of my favorite storytellers (that I know personally) have the gift of character distinguishment in this way, and others (as I mentioned above) by animation. 

I love it when I'm on the side of already having heard a good story and I'm about to hear it be introduced to someone else.  I love watching people's faces when I know a highlight or punch line is coming up.  They are the moments I would bottle up and keep if i could :) I love hearing my closest friends tell stories of their families, weekend memories, work stalkers, great games, memories of us, brilliant ideas, love interests, ice skating with middle school kids, things I swear never happen to me, taking their grandmas to the bathroom, and even on occasion... electricity and magnetism (if it's my dad talking about it, and I just sit back in amazement at the stuff he knows)

I've recently been more intentional with unearthing the treasures that my patients (most of them 60-70+) have tucked away up in their memories.  Most of their stories, no doubt, have been told time and time again... where family members could probably recite them verbatim (don't we all have stories like that from our aged relatives?)... but to new ears, they are fascinating and entertaining.  During the time i've spent at the office, i've interacted with a woman who drove a bookmobile in Atlanta during the civil rights movement, a man who worked on the Detroit CSX railroad for 48 years, listened to a lady's struggle with her bipolar, adult daughter, and the 88 pound, fragile, pistol of a woman who almost married a champion diver 8 years her senior when she was only 17... before he died of an unknown heart condition at 25... I like knowing that our DHL delivery man can't wait to ride his Honda motorcycle this spring...and our FedEx guy has a daughter named emily :)  Some of the smallest stories I am told about, include... Shorty, Bella and Happy... dogs that are well loved (and talked about) by their owners... I look forward to take the Tigers with Clifton, and the Red Wings with Richard... And I loved hearing the story of a Grandpa who is lovingly referred to by his grandchildren as Duke... and therefore, often sports Blue Devil gear when he's in our office... Some of them bring stuff... candies, bananas, movies, books, great smiles, home brewed beer, and even souvenirs for the doctor from their vacations... 

but my favorite are their stories :) 

5 comments:

Chris said...

i liked your last post...you're definitely a pro blogger now:)

I too love stories. I told a club talk this semester about stories. Specifically the one God is giving us and Jesus' story...and how they mix. I like listening to you tell stories.

I don't think I've noticed if you tell stories with your hands a lot. While I read your post I was wondering how you would tell that story with your hands. Then I realized that by typing the story, you were telling it with your hands. Then I stopped thinking about it, ended my ridiculously long blog comment, and started doing hw :)

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Audry Blair said...

Hey Em!
Great job with the blog. :) You really are doing an excellent job with it. At the end you forgot to add Arbys sandwiches to the list of things people have brought you at the office. :) Keep up the posts em. I'm proud of you sister friend.

-aud

jetcb33 said...

em, i enjoy reading your creative posts...! you have a knack for telling people things through your words - what what :)

stories make the world go round i tell ya...

love!

Dana said...

love the blog. definitely a good idea. i'm glad we're friends:)