A Very Happy New Year everyone! Everyone here is hoping that you all have a 2013 full of all the things you love best, and more besides.
2012 was a tough one for many of us. I'm not sorry to leave it behind and I know I'm not the only one. It went out with a whimper here: I didn't end up doing many of the things I'd planned. But you know what? All the same we still had plenty of turkey and pudding and presents; we had Uncle Dave home to stay for a week; we got to spend some time with Little E and enjoy a delicious dinner made by his dad (the excellent Kenny-Who-Cooks); we visited Granny G; and Grannie F's unexpected admission to hospital (after a nasty fall) has meant she is closer to us than usual, so she has been much visited too. That's all good (apart from the hospital bit, obviously. .) and has left me looking forward ..
First up? Well, you know what it is this weekend, don't you? It's the first Sunday of the month! And, yes, Storytelling Sunday will be back! It's a real pleasure to be able to say - Storytelling Sunday returns thanks to popular demand. Sounds like you all do have another year of stories to tell after all. So I've thought about it, and thought about it; and I have come up with a twist for 2013...
Storytelling Sunday 3: Pick Your Precious
There is no excuse for not joining in with this one - everyone can do it! Pick Your Precious is about celebrating the little things you love: those souvenirs, bits and pieces, things from your past you can't bear to throw out. You know, the special little something you have tucked away in a drawer or up on a shelf? Or the thing you love most in a room? Or the object you would save if you knew you had to leave the country? Your favourite things.
Start looking around, see what you love. Pick Your Precious is for short story tellers and for long. You can take the idea of simply a photo with a few words; or, if you are a can't-stop-yourself storyteller, you can expand as much as you like. The thing to keep in mind is that at the end of the year you'll have a permanent record of the little things you hold dear - and your family will know why you are holding onto them! Doesn't that sound like it might be worth it? No more "Do you really need that?"
You can make this as quick or as carefully documented as you like. You'd be surprised, once you get started, what big stories small objects have to tell. Storytelling Sunday 3? We're celebrating our small stuff!
Things to keep in mind:
- You can still delight us with ANY story you have in your head. Same as before if you can't find an object for the month.
- A photo definitely counts, so if you aren't inspired by a "thing", a photo will work too.
- It's easier to tell a story round an object than to pluck something from thin air so if you haven't joined in before you might like to give this a try.
- If you are having trouble coming up with a choice, ask someone close to you. You might be surprised at what they suggest you think of as precious!
Starting to see the possibilities? I hope so because I'd love to see you back here on Sunday for Round One. Let's see where this takes us!