The biggest thrill this Autumn has been granddaughter Emily’s fifth birthday. Here she is, blowing bubbles at her party. What a day it was, everyone dressed as Princesses and Emily of course, being the most beautiful.
It seems as if Emily has been saying, “When I’m five….,” ever since she could talk and now many of those aspirations she was expressing are coming true.
It’s been a big season for storytelling too. Alice Robertson and I have held several school workshops coaching the storytellers of the future and the Early Childhood Educators in our district all seem to have made a resolution to learn storytelling too. So exciting. It may be that we gather quite a group of storytelling enthusiasts. I am aiming for a strong support group for those who have done the workshops and then a performance Cafe at each Solstice for brave souls to try out their stories. Please contact me if you;re interested in joining a workshop or a support group.
My other work , in this season of colder nights, sunny days and golden leaves, has been with the Wairarapa Addiction Service who have employed me to work with some of their clients. These are heartwarming and heartstopping mornings as I tell stories that I hope will fit with the mood of the group and the participants make images that express the connections they feel between my stories and their own. I love it. AND I am really looking forward to working at the Teen Parent Unit next week.
More about that later.
This week I’ll be attending an Art Therapy Retreat in Otaki. Several women therapists and I will get together to go “gently into the Deep” to explore our Arts in the peace and quiet of Strathean. Many stories will be shared and many images created before we emerge refreshed and re-created with new ideas and energy.
As soon as I’m home from there I’ll be off to Auckland with Michael to keep our dear Louie and Knox entertained while their parents move house. Our hearts are beating fast this month with all the excitment.
If you haven’t already seen Mao’s Last Dancer, Avatar, or Boy you have to do it- they are all ‘must-sees’. Great stories all of them.
Well, that’s all for this post. I’ll try to get something very erudite for the next one. Til then….