I very enjoy your description.
>From: "gwyn_bard" <rcalvettijr@...>
>Subject: [string-figures] Just sharing
>Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 17:46:42 -0000
>I was transferred this year to an elementary school, after having
>been in a middle school forever. When I was at the middle school, I
>started a storytelling troupe during the last four years, and they
>became kind of well known in my region. Coming to this elementary
>school, I naturally had to do the same thing here. Part of what we
>do is to play with string figures to help tell stories. The kids in
>my troupe have their strings, which they often pull out for recess or
>lunch time amusement. Yesterday, when I had lunch duty, I noticed
>several kids, not members of the troupe, with homemade strings of
>yarn, playing with string figures at their tables. Seems they have
>watched the storytelling kids having fun, and wanted some for
>themselves! Of course, I had to show off for them, doing things like
>the Little Dog, my personal favorite, and the Porker. These kids
>have been in the midst of that darn mandated testing all week, and so
>were even more noisy than usual during lunch. It was amazing to
>watch the kids just settle down as they watched, then of course
>wanted me to teach THEM the Little Dog--in the 5 minutes before
>dismissal, of course.
>I just enjoy watching this video generation gettting so caught up in
>the enjoyment of something that might be almost as old as humankind
>itself, and wanted to share. Nothing like Belinda has going, but
>still fun to see at work.
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