We purchased scads of stories on audio cassette tapes when our children were young. They listened to them as they drifted off to sleep. Daughter says she still has to listen to audio books before she can go to sleep. Some of these were stories narrated by famous actors. Meryl Streep narrated Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester. Danny Glover narrated How the Leopard Got its Spots. Jack Nicholson narrated The Elephant’s Child and How the Camel Got Its Hump. The stories changed as the children got older, and there were crime mysteries, old time radio shows, and, finally, recordings of novels like A Wrinkle in Time and the Lord of the Rings. They all sit now in the basement in boxes.
In our effort to get rid of stuff, we are going to have these stories transferred to electronic files and CD’s, and give them to our children for Christmas. Our grandson is old enough now to appreciate stories. It will give us the pleasure of passing on these wonderful recordings and make space in the basement shelves.
Christmas is coming, and we are starting to plan for quiet visits with our son and his family in Brookings. Our daughter is flying to Sioux Falls for a wedding at that time, and we will see her in Brookings, too. It will be a quiet and very much appreciated time together.
What are your plans for Christmas? What are your ideas for gifts? What stories do you think are essential for children to hear?