The oral tradition is alive and well in many families.
What are the stories? Just moments with a little extra something. The highlights. The hooks. The slow build to a surprising finish. The occasional audacious choice or outburst. Pranks played or trouble diverted. Days that weren't like the others.
Even thought the stories are throughly modern, we are linked to the primitive in our means of conveying them. It doesn't matter that it is a coffee table and not a fire that we gather around. The shared experience of the telling brings us all to one point in time. A time when we are joined, we are truly a family, we see the same things, and battles are won on behalf of us all.
And that's how we learn to tell our own stories. The rhythms are established in us before we ever pick up a pencil.
What about you? Has your experience been the same? Do you carry your family's stories with you?
8. The Blue Girl - Charles de Lint
7. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
6. What the Dickens - Gregory Maguire
Rolling in the Deep - Adele