the story teller

by jani on March 20, 2013

As a grandma, there aren’t too many more satisfying moments than story telling with your grandchildren. I love to tell stories. Each quiet moment spent with my adorable grandchildren, becomes yet another opportunity to share experiences through oral language. It’s just a part of me. I listened to my grandma’s stories – and still never tire of my mom’s. She always has something… some bit of wisdom,  to pass on to me. And, I in turn, I hope to do the same with my little ones.

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to play (babysit is such an inadequate word!) six of my grandsons. We had such a wonderful time together – but the best memory is snuggling up in the big king-sized bed surrounded by these darling boys and sharing our love, and of course, stories!

My son and daughter-in-law brought back this small treasure from their trip to Santa Fe. They told me it reminded them of me. They could envision me surrounded by my fourteen (and I’m sure that number will increase) grandchildren telling stories as the Native Puebloans have done, from generation to generation. I was so touched that I wanted to share this with my readers.

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How could I not enjoy this lovely family and their handsome boys?… my wonderful grandsons!

chris family 1Isn’t this such a great tradition of the Puebloan culture – gathering their children around the elders as they share the same stories that they had heard from their youngest years? This is such an important way to preserve our heritage!

Story Collage 2

The  timing of this just seems so perfect, as I am anxiously anticipating this week’s Story @ Home 2013 conference in Salt Lake City. A very special thank you to Oh Sweet Basil for offering this conference giveaway, that I was lucky enough to win! I look forward to sharing many of the things I will learn with my family, loved ones – and you, my readers!

What are your favorite ways to share your stories with your children and grandchildren? Do you always try to include some moral principle or educating moment, as you share? As always, I welcome your comments! 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Leanne March 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful tradition to share with your grandchildren. I wish mine would sit still long enough for me to talk to them for more than 5 minutes at a time. Maybe when they’re older. 🙂


jani March 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Thanks, Leanne! These grandsons just came, ready to hear my stories! I’m very blessed!


Jenny March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

What an amazing piece of art! I love what it represents & that they have that wonderful association with you! Nice to see a picture of Chris & Becky’s lovely family, too! 🙂


jani March 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

That’s right, Jenny… I forgot you knew Chris and Becky! That’s so cool and we live in such a small world!


Lorene March 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

What a wonderful piece of art and a wonderful tradition! My parents weren’t big storytellers when I was growing up, but now that they have grandchildren (almost 30 now!), I hear them sharing stories with them that I haven’t ever heard. I am so glad that one granddaughter in particular will snuggle up with my dad and say, “Grandpa, tell me a story about when you were a little boy” and he never turns her down!


jani March 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Oh, Lorene, how wonderful that you can now enjoy these stories from Grandpa, through the eyes and ears of your little ones! Thanks for visiting. 🙂


mikaela March 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

I have one of those dolls! I am hopi and we are big storytellers….sometimes the stories are a big exaggerated lol.
lovely post!


jani March 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Mikaela, I didn’t know that! How great to have such a special heritage! And yes, the first fish I ever caught on a lake near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has definitely grown in size over the years! 🙂


Glenn F. Sitterly March 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Hello Jani, I came across your image of the Southwest Storyteller Singing Mother figure. I just purchased one at a house sale here in PA. that is clearly from the same maker. Mine is not signed but does have a base shop label of The Old House in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Can you tell me if your figure has an attached or associated artist name with it? I have seen many online, but yours is clearly the same artist. Perhaps the Lucero family of the Jemez Pueblo. I hope to hear from you. Thank you very much for your time with my request. Glenn F. Sitterly, Time Travelers Antiques & Vintage Clothing, Fayetteville, PA..


jani September 12, 2017 at 2:19 am

Unfortunately, mine is not signed and the tag that came with it is no longer with the figurine. My son bought this for me in Santa Fe. I apologize that it took me so long to respond to your comment. Thank you for visiting my blog!


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