Friday, December 16

What's your story?

After reading Laura and John's blog recently and reading some of the comments about the reason we wear some of the things that we wear (most specifically "goth"). One of the comments made was that "Dress is often our way of telling our own story." and I had to comment on this. I responded to the whole conversation, and it has made me start thinking about the stories we identify with. There were two that i mentioned (Bluebeard and The Crane Maiden) and I have talked about them on this blog before, but I was thinking about other stories that I identify with. Here are some of them:
The original version of Little Red Riding Hood- where the girl isn't just rescued, but learns from her experiences and the Grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood end up defeating the wolf int he end.
The Willing Bride of the Lindorm King: there are lots of versions, but in this one the major mistakes made by the Queen are made right again by the willingness of the Bride to follow the advice of an older woman. (this is one I tell)
The Tiger's Whisker: My friend Mary Tells this story and has written a song to go with it. The dedication and patience it takes to really hang in there with someone is something I want to be able to learn.

Anybody else have one?

Chara

8 comments:

Laura and John said...

well, I'm glad the goth conversation lead to something more interesting.

I think the stories I use to relate to the most, I don't anymore. I will have to think about what might fit for me now.

Joel Maners said...

I got to see Narnia with my daughter yesterday. It's hard to keep from just crying your eyes out when watching this movie. It's a story that connects with people on so many levels. If you haven't seen it yet, go NOW..... that's ok i'll wait here till you get back... go on.

Joel Maners said...

Another item about stories, I recently showed a clip from the movie Antwone Fisher at church before communion. It's an amazing story of a young man searching for his place in the world. I wrote about it on my blog. It's called Feasting with God.

http://manersthoughts.blogspot.com/2005/12/feasting-with-god.html

Anonymous said...

I'm indoors with a sore throat. I
read all your blogs. It was really
touching. I'm trying to recall my
favorite stories. I always wanted
to be a fairy with wings, like the
ones I saw in story books. The only
famous one that comes to mind, is
Tinkerbell. She had a personality
and attitude! Keep up the good
work.
Alamosa Mom

Laura and John said...

Okay, this weekend I realized I connect to the Charlie Brown Christmas story. His love for the little tree shows he good heart and his love for the underdog. "I think it needs me!" Also, "peace on earth," at the end has the sort of mood that I associate with.

Of all the Narnia books, I like the Voyage of the Dawn Treader best. While looking for something, many of the things youfind on the way prepare you for the end and are beautiful themselves.

Chara said...

There's a book I saw on amazon that has pictures of fairies as they have been dipicted through the years- While the little winged fairy is not historically acurate (if there can be such a thing) I like them, too. I had a book when I was younger about a fairy who grants a woman's wish to have a child which was set in modern times... The fairy's name was Tikki and she had a friend named wijic. I wonder where that book is? it was really good.

Speaking of the Narnia chronicles - I do not remember which book this was in, but my favorite story from any of them is the story of the bad little boy who does everythign he's not supposed to do and at one point they are on an island and they find a dragon's treasure. He is warned not to touch is, but of course he disobeys, and he turns into a dragon. In order to return to his normal body he has to strip off layers of his own skin- not just the top layer, but a lot of layers (very painful) and that is the only way he can truly change from the dragon (a physical manifestation of his actual state) to a little boy. It is, of course, very much about redemption and purification. Also it is very representative of the depth to which our sins have hold of us. I have a friend who is a minister in D.C. who tells this story. he describes the tearing off of his skin and it makes my skin crawl. in fact, I got some of my description of tearing off skin that i use when I tell The Willing Bride of the Lindorm King, from his version of that story.

I had forgotten how similar those two stories are.

To be honest, while I really want to see the movie (The lion, the witch and the wardrobe) I am afraid that it will disappoint. The books are so rich and deep. I have to admit I never read the Lord of the Rings books and i am afraid I wouldn't have the patience to read them now, having seen the movies.

Anyway, I'm done rambling... mAybe.

(Actually Josh and I have rented a caobin for the weekend and we have been sitting around and reading for the last twenty-four hours- pretty nice to spend some time alone without a phone- but we have a computer and internet acess. :)

Chara

Laura and John said...

oh yeah, that is the voyage of the Dawn Treader, my favorite. I hadn't made that connection, but you're right, it is very similar to the lindorm king.

Don't worry, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It moves a lot faster than the book, but it includes everything. (just some things aren't explained).

michele MD said...

I think most of the old fables could fit into this catergory and definitely the Chronicles of Narnia books. BTW, you've been tagged.