Words That Connect Us

6 June, 2016

by: Marisa Ruggirello

Song of the Day: Be Okay // Oh Honey

Storytelling is an art form that has most likely been around as long as humans have been able to communicate with each other. Every blog post that I have created thus far has been a story. Waking up in the morning, brushing your teeth and eating a piece of toast is a story, albeit a rather dull one. That being said, there is an incredible power behind storytelling. Stories connect us. They can move you to tears or invoke laughter. They can persuade you, inform you, teach you.

open book

Today we met with an expert storyteller/speech therapist and she talked to us about the power of words and stories. It was intriguing to listen and learn from her because I am an avid collector of stories, whether they be fictional or nonfictional. I think that there is something amazing about books and the web that they weave. And one of my favorite parts of this trip is hearing the stories of the locals, my instructor and my fellow peers. It is human nature to be curious about other humans and their experiences.

To finish my day, a few of my classmates went and saw one of my favorite stories performed at the Queen’s Theatre: Les Miserables. It felt fitting to end my day with such an emotional, moving story. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced and for those who know me well enough, I only cried through 75% of the musical. All in all, a packed, story-filled day.

les mis

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