Grandma’s Chair is Empty Now–Where Are The Stories?

Quotes and Notes #292, August 23

Grandma's chair is empty now. Who will take her place?

Grandma’s chair is empty now. Who will take her place?

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”—Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”—

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”—Philip Pullman—

My mother told me about her grandmother who would sit in a massive wooden padded rocking chair—with the cat calmly resting on her ample bosom—while she knitted and told stories. Grandma’s chair is empty, now, and her stories have all been told. Do you remember any of these stories? Have you shared any of the stories? Do you tell stories of your own to the youngun’s?

Yes, Grandma’s chair is empty now, but I find it almost as sad that the technology revolution is causing us to find the living room empty, also. Are we losing the living room? Have we prodigally traded Grandma’s stories for stories that come out of a box with swiftly moving pictures and advertisements?  Sometimes I look at Grandma’s chair and think of all the questions I never asked.

Perhaps, if you haven’t already, it is a good time to start your memoir. You are never too old for this task. Actually the older you get, the better the stories. Write them down.

And share a smile with Grandma, sitting there in her chair
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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A Fire In The Story Cave

Quotes and Notes #270, August 1

Once Man had fire to chase the demons out of the cave it was time to Party.

Once Man had fire to chase the demons out of the cave it was time to Party.

When Man had found that fire would chase the demons from the caves, he had a warm, safe place to sit around that fire and –Tell Stories. My friend Nelson sent me a story about a story yesterday. I think it is an appropriate follow up to yesterdays Q&N—John—

Nelson wrote: “Your quote today reminded us of a visit to Marrakech Morocco. Each morning in the public square all kinds of people were to be found, including snake charmers and other weird and curious acts.
One such item was the “never ending story”. An elderly man would come every day at the same time and draw a crowd of listeners of all ages to hear about thirty minutes of the story. The story supposedly had been going on for generations and was expected to continue to do so. The story teller evidently made up the next day’s continuing saga each day, and this system had been passed down through time. This was in the nineteen eighties, and I would like to go back and see if it is still occurring.
We love your quotes, keep them coming.”
Nelson & Yolanda Magee

I love it, Nelson. Thank you for your contribution
I will share this story with a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Bring Back the Living Room…Listen to the Stories

Quotes and Notes #196, May 24

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”—Czeslaw Milosz, “The Issa Valley”—

With all of the technology and information available to us today, we are neglecting the living room. The stories that were once told around the communal fire are no longer shared. We are allowing our heroes to dwindle in stature.

Take the time to sit and listen. Take the time to share. I remember Pop, from forty years ago. He was one of the last of the World War One heroes. I failed to listen to him and a lot of his stories have been lost. My friend Harold is a 92 year old survivor of The Battle of the Bulge. He has given me harrowing accounts of his experiences and then he gave me a book to back it up. I treasure this. Listen to stories. Share the stories. It is important.

And go out there and share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Listen to the stories

Listen to the stories

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