A couple of months ago Byrdie came home for school and told me that she won the story telling contest in her class. "That's great," came my response--or something like that. A week later she shared the news that she won the story telling contest for in the library. "Well done," I congratulated. The next week she informed us that she won the story telling contest for the school along with three other students and would be going to the Ogden story telling festival. "Wait, what?" I questioned. When is this? What story are you telling? Who is participating? I finally asked her to tell me the story she's been winning with.
Then it came--a unique interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in which Goldilocks machine guns the bears in the end of the story (no doubt first told at an NRA convention). "Wow Byrdie, great telling, but let's find a different story for you." "Oh, you have to use the same story that you started with? Oh." Apparently Byrdie heard the story from Oliver who heard it from a group of scouts up at scout camp. Oliver's claiming partial credit for Byrdie's success and is demanding half of the prize--of which there is none. Nate and I have also explained to Oliver that Byrdie got this far despite the story--not because of it. We've already been talking about possible stories for next year--and stories shared at scout camp are not optional.
Byrdie did an excellent job of telling her story on the beautifully renovated Ogden High stage and continued on to the Weber State story telling festival. Last week, along with her good friend with her own story, she told her version of Goldilocks to an audience of school children from around the area. She and her friend were the opening act for some national story tellers and it was really a great experience for her. And now she has a taste for the stage. There's no stopping her.