Sunday afternoon: Pull the book and find that the story has 27 paragraphs. Vow to learn 5.4 paragraphs a day, with review on Saturday.
Monday: See that the first 3 paragraphs are the introduction to the desert box. Decide to skip Monday’s portion, since I already know it.
Saturday: Remember that I agreed to tell a story on Sunday, and check notes to remember which one it was. Oh, yeah – “The Great Family.”
Saturday afternoon: Life happens all day. An unexpected day trip to the neighboring town.
Saturday night: Dear Husband wants to watch a movie together.
Saturday, 11:30 p.m.: Dear Husband and dear children are asleep. Curse decision to tell a story this MONTH, much less this WEEK – doesn’t everyone know how busy I am? Sit up in bed, to avoid falling asleep, and learn story as quickly as possible.
Sunday, 1:00 a.m.: Fall asleep. Plan to take a break from committing to storytelling any time soon.
Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning: Sleep fitfully, waking occasionally to rehearse a paragraph or two, awake shaking from a dream in which the assistant rector is snatching Godly Play figures away from me while I try to tell the story to my class.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Tell story. The circle is engrossed, and their wondering is far reaching. Once again, I am refreshed and renewed by what I learned from the children. Agree to tell “The Exodus” next week….