This week, I received an email that touched my heart from storyteller, Jill Olesker. I have the honor of collaborating wither her and painter/muralist Tova Snyder this year at the Rural & Migrant Ministry Summer Leadership Camp. To learn more about Jill Olesker, please visit WanderingTeaCups.Com.
I just wanted to share with you a toddler center story that was partially inspired by you.
Yesterday only two almost two year old boys came to the school. This meant they could get a lot of time with us teachers. At one point I had the boys outside. I had turned over an empty joint compound bucket and began showing the boys drumming a beat on it.We found some sticks and they were joyfully drumming. I’m not even sure how the next thing started or who initiated it of the three of us, but we all took sticks and began moving them along a wire garden fence. And along the wooden picket fence. At different speeds making music together We did this for probably twenty minutes (a very long time for them). ‘I think there’s music in everything’ , I said to them. They listened in such a way that I felt sure they understood what I meant. It was a moment that I relish that happens with story (also everywhere and in everything I think) sometimes and in nature and now with music- when I can experience the understanding along with the children of how mysterious and lovely the world around us is.
I feel that hearing you drum last year and seeing you with kids as well as talking with you at the planning meeting opened the idea for me to try drumming with these kids.