"After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."--Phillip Pullman
From the beginning of time, man has told stories. Stories keep family lore alive. Stories teach us how to live ... and how not to live. Stories give us heroes and heroines. Whether those stories are passed down by word-of-mouth from one generation to the next, whether they are chiseled onto cave walls, whether they are written with the flourish of gold pen, or whether they are typed into a computer, stories bind us together in ways that little else does.
Did your family get together over Thanksgiving and/or Christmas as ours did? Chances are someone told a story from years ago. Our family has a number of favorite stories, some humorous, some poignant. When we are together, those stories are brought out, to be relished, savored, devoured. It doesn't matter that we've all heard the stories numerous times before; what matters is that they are the vehicle by which we pass down family history and values.
So, for today, I am grateful for stories.