Once upon a time…

Stories they are something we all know of and something we have all heard about but do we ever think about how important they are and how much of an effect they can have? Stories set up the foundation for our perceptions and knowledge of certain events.  This is especially seen when we think about family stories.  We all can think of that one story that our family tells over and over again and sometimes this is a story that is passed through the generations.  Each of the stories say a little something about us as a family and pull us together as a family. Each story is unique to us and depending on who is telling the story, changes what is actually being said.  Some stories tell us about what kind of people we are or should be. For me this is the story about my great grandma getting up at the break of dawn with her family and working all day long until it was time for bed.  This is always told to show that we need to be hard workers in everything we do. But then we hear other stories that tell us about a person and who they are. These can be things like remember when Sally did so and so as a child and look at her now, she still does the same thing! We can use stories to define others, ourselves, and even our family as a group in general and that is something that is very powerful.  Stories are fun and usually we don’t think much of them, but it is important to remember the power that is held in stories and how those stories and the people telling those stories can change our perspective of the things around us and the things to come.  Each one shows a unique aspect of us and those around us.  So next time when dad begins tellling the same story of back in the day when blah blah blah happened instead of thinking I’ve heard this a thousand times, rather think what does this say about me, my dad, or my family. Who knows there may be a little more to that story that you thought!

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