Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance
Well! The Lechlade Festival came and went. The tents are packed, traders, music lovers, bands, belly-dancers, poets and all manner of performers left only a muddy field behind ~ the only reminder of the fun that was shared by all! It was a wonderful event ~ even though the rain-soaked Saturday provided plenteous (is that a word; if not it should be) mud puddles to jump in. Some children were shoeless and mud-spattered; None-the-less, their faces were bright, cheery, festival-painted, sticky (as children’s faces should be) and as happy as happy can be. I gave a copy of Rosie Wears Her Wellingtons to every little girl I saw splishing and sploshing in the mud whether she was wearing wellingtons or not!
And the story-telling session went well; even though I had to project my voice over the sound of Reggae pumping and resounding through all the tents; even though most of the straw bales that we were supposed to sit on had been relocated to make pathways through the mud; even though there was no electricity in the story-telling and poetry tent, so I couldn’t project story illustrations; lots of children came. I felt like the Pied Piper: “Follow me; if you want to romp in realms of quizzical imaginings!” I managed to read the stories above the noise and distractions, and my little river of rapt faces didn’t seem to notice or mind. But that’s the nature of story-telling: if the story captures the imagination and carries you along into another world, you don’t notice the din, or the rain, or the discomfort. Thank you, Lechlade for the opportunity to captivate another little audience. And Bravo for the wonderful community spirit you always manage to create.
I read the story of Is The Sky Sad? It’s all about the rain and whether it makes you happy or not ~ after all, it does depend on how you look at it! The Wise Bear (one of the characters in the story) knows. After all, we can be creative in the event of any occurrence ~ can’t we?
The story of, Is The Sky Sad, will be published in the near future and will be illustrated by the fabulous Gretchen Del Rio. This is one of her bears. He does look like a very wise bear indeed. Doesn’t he?