“Stories can teach, correct errors, lighten the heart and the darkness, provide psychic shelter, assist transformation and heal wounds.”
– Clarissa Pinlola Estes, PhD
In my English class we read every Friday. I am always so struck by the power of stories on these days. I watch my students enter the world of their stories, they smile and laugh. Their brows wrinkle with frustration. Sometimes, when I ask them to find a stopping place, they pull out of their books reluctantly, clinging to the fictional world, still reading even as they close the cover.
I get to sit at the front, lost in my own fictional world of college basketball, or 19th century romance, or futuristic survival. It is odd because it is the day that we are all experiencing our own stories, our own emotions. The worlds of our minds are far apart. Yet it is also the day that the class feels the most connected.