I love telling stories,specially when the eager ear is that of a kid and its bedtime.Kids are great story partners with superb imagination powers and what i love the most is how they would take a string or character from your story and ask you hundred things about it and by the time you realise what has happened you are already light-years away from the story you may have somehow build to get them to sleep.
I call them pre-stories which sometimes start developing or taking shape as soon as you say once upon a time….
Pre-Stroies are very interesting and full of fun,but you do need a lot of patience to let them develop.
The one below is one such pre-story, a fun light tussle of imaginations…a kid happy asking questions and a mom trying to stick to the storyline :)
hope you enjoy reading it –
Once in a faraway land there was a jungle
oh yes jungle where elephants played bungle
and plants sang tungle
and oh there was a search engine named gungle
animals don’t have computer
oh but they do, they do
All the people who carry their laptops to a forest,when attacked by animals,what do you think they do?
They leave behind all their gadgets and run for their life( that is why when we go out we don’t carry laptops) and then animals play games on them
what games Mommy
and Super hyena laugh
and what do the animals search in these engines
they look for funny human images, Read famous stories by Dr.Octofusse
what stories ?
A human who said aaakchoo too many times
and the upside down people of tumbles
but why humans?
well you read about animals all the time don’t you
yes i do and i love reading about them and how butterflies fight with elephants
what!!! since when, i don’t think they fight, where did you get this story?
in a story book about Caterpillar who ate too may elephants
yes mommy Teacher told us caterpillar needs a lot of food to grow up and this one ate elephants and it grew big and became a big butterfly, so big that no one ever saw the sun again
oh my , what happened after that!
i haven’t thought of that yet,mommy where should it go?
hmm what if the butterfly was sent to Jupiter
I know Jupiter is biggest planet
yes it is and it has 12 moons
what does it do with 12 moons
it plays hide and seek and ping-pong and …
oh do you want to listen to the story of the forest or not!
no i love this one
huh ,fine, 12 moons play and dance around Jupiter
but why doesn’t earth have 12 moons?
Because earth is small and if it had 12 moons they would constantly bump into each other and get hurt and 12 moons would also mean too much light in the night..
too much light will be bad?
yes, cos then no one will be able to sleep
even with windows closed
then we can play In the night too
no because it’s too dar…..k
but it wont be dark you said just now
oh man! yes but moon light is for sleeping
yes or moon feels bad if you don’t find is beautiful enough to dream
of fairies and jungle where elephants play Bungle
and plants sing Tungle
and things you can find out in the Gungle