Tonight, I told a short version of Toy Story 3 to my little 3 years old boy. He was sitting on my laps, looking attentively at the book, just before going to bed. We both enjoyed this very special moment. We laugh together, I tickle him from time to time, give him some kisses while telling the story and he loved it.
To me, this is probably the best moment of the day we share together. In the morning, we’re too much in a hurry to go to kindergarten and then to work. We don’t see each other for the whole day, then when I come home late, my wife and the kids already ate dinner most of the time. Then we needs to clean things up, give the bath to the kids, finish the homework of the older sister, etc. Just like most parents with little kids, we’re running all over the place from 6 am to 7 pm all days of the week.
Bedtime stories are almost the only time of the weekdays when we can fully enjoy the moment with our kids. A true moment of pure dad and boy time. At this time, nothing else matter, we’re together!
Tonight, then, I decided that Toy Story 3 was going to be the very first story told for my project Millions of Stories. I admit it, that was not at all an effort for me, not even a small one. Who cares? The only thing that matter really is that by telling my son a story, I ended up sharing an awesome moment with him and I made him happy.
This is what I’m dreaming for the 999,999 other children who will be told a story during this project.
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“Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” (Source: Wikipedia, Six degrees of separation).
Isn’t that powerful? When you think of it, spreading the word and convincing 1,000,000 of persons to read a story to a beloved children shouldn’t be that hard after all! It’s just a matter of starting the wheel and spreading the word to the right persons. We just need a few passionate books lovers willing to share their passion with a little one for few minutes and done!
In a previous post (4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world), I suggested that the first step was to get 1 story told in each and every continent, that’s 7 stories. I do have friends living around the world, so let’s see if I could do this first step only by myself.
- North America – I can take care of this one – easy!
- South America – I have family in Chile – sounds good!
- Europe – I have friends in Germany – great!
- Asia – My best friend from university lives in Hong Kong – nice!
- Africa – A few of my work colleagues are born in Africa, they must still have relatives over there – doable!
- Australia – Oupps! I’ve been there visiting Sydney a while back, but I do not happen to know anyone right now by there. Anyone? Do one of you, reading this post, know someone who may know someone who may know someone (up to 6 times) who lives in Australia? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes (actually, I’m sure!). If you are not convinced, share this post with all your friends and we’ll see.
- Antarctica – There is probably not much children in Antartica, but there must be at least one, I’ll have to do some research there. Worst case, I’ll have to go! My son would be crazy going there and having his father read him a story sitting on an iceberg. On top of that, he loves penguins! 🙂
So, that looks like a quite good start, isn’t it? I’ll take care of 1 to 5… any volunteer to help with Australia and maybe with Antartica as well? Come on, that will take you only few minutes. 🙂
As far ago as I can remember, I always loved reading books. I started looking at comic books even before I could read. I learned to read with the Smurfs (which I still own and am now passing to my daughter for the same purpose). I have awesome recollections of reading good novels at the country house of my parents during many summer vacations when I was a teenager. I learned Spanish reading Mafalda, Garfield and Condorito (Chilean comic book). Books helped me pass through the difficult moments of my life and allowed me to fully enjoy the best moments as well.
My daughter recently learned how to read and is enjoying books as much as I was at her age. To me, this is fantastic and I’m proud of it because I consider that giving her this passion was the best gift I could giver her. The passion of reading will be with her forever and will help her during her whole life. I have no doubts about that.
At the same time, I know that many children in the world do not have the chance my daughter had and may not be exposed to books like we both were. I want to make a difference in the life of those children. I want to tell them stories, show them how books can take them into the fabulous world of their imagination, how interesting they are and the million things they can learn by reading a book.
I want to give out 1 millions gifts for this project. This is why… I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world!
That’s a lot of stories, right? But, when you think of it, it’s not that much. How many children do you think there is in the world?
Take a look a the map of children population from worldmapper.org. You’ll see that there are close to 2 billions of children in the world.
Reaching 1 million of them means reaching 0.05% of the world’s children population. Ah! Not that bad, then! 🙂
But, that’s not going to happen by itself, thus why the Story Ambassadors are key to the success of this adventure.
Anyway, we got to start somewhere, right? How about you tell a story to your children tonight?
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I tend to think that children deserve to be told stories everyday. This is what I’m trying to do with my own children and this is also what drove the idea of the project Millions of stories.
And you, how often do you read stories to your little ones? Reply here or fill in the poll on my home page to give your opinion.
Are you in fact a Story Ambassador ignoring himself? If you are a parent telling stories to your children from time to time, your are, in a sense, a Story Ambassador. You may not have read 1 million stories yet, but you are already bringing happiness in the life of your children. You are already creating this very special moment with your little one which he will remember for the rest of his life. In short, you are already giving them the best gift a parent can give to his child: the interest in books and eventually, the desire to learn how to read by himself.
When I went to Chile few years ago for Christmas, I was amazed to assist with my daughter to a puppet show organized by the neighbors for the whole neighborhood. In Chile, Christmas is in summer, so it was a beautiful weather day and the show was held outside at the public place.
There was probably 50 children or more from all the neighborhood sitting in the middle of the place, listening for the show. That was an amazing moment for me, my daughter and for those children.
The lives of some of these children is not always easy, far less easy then mine has been. But at this very moment, while watching this puppet show, I could feel that nothing else existed for those children. For the few moment the show lasted, they forgot everything else. They were laughing together, enjoying this very special moment.
Even after the show was over, many children stayed at the public place and played together continuing to enjoy the moment for quite a while.
Yesterday, I wrote that My Story Dream was to tell more than 1 million stories to children all around the world. Way too many children in the world do not have the immense chance I had to grow in a family where stories are an integral part of the life.
In my dream, I’m also seeing Story Ambassadors in each country, looking for those children in need of stories and organizing story telling events for them.
How nice would it be to bring some smiles, hope and happiness to those children, for at least a couple of minutes?
What if by telling stories to those children we could give them hope to have the life they deserve to have?
If you were lucky as I were, your parents told you stories almost every day when you were young and you have nice recollections of your father inventing a story just for you, or of your mother showing you an amazing book. Maybe now, you are also a parent telling stories to your own children and just enjoying this extraordinary moment you share with your little ones. Just like I am now.
This is where my own dream was born. In my life, I also had the chance to travel around the world quite a bit already and I can’t stop telling myself that every single children in the world deserve to be told stories like I was.
There comes Millions of stories, aiming to tell more than a 1,000,000 stories to children all around the world who unfortunately are not currently experiencing this great feeling of being taken into another world in their books where everyone is happy and nice things happen.
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