Spring has sprung!
Every March this tiny patch of crocuses bloom in our front yard. It’s the first sign that winter is finally in the rearview mirror and warm and sunny days are ahead.
On Sunday the crocuses finally appeared. Tiny, purple and orange bursts of life from an otherwise cold, lifeless ground. We were thrilled. We treasure these little flowers so much.
Ten minutes later, while our backs were turned, the little girl next door ripped them the flowers from the ground and left them lying in a pile on the dead grass like trash.
She didn’t know how much these little flowers mean to us. It’s not her fault.
Still, my children and I were upset. We really love this patch of purple and orange gold.
But I often while teaching storytelling that what’s bad for you in real life is often good for the story. Or as I’ve heard my friend, Catherine Burns of The Moth often say:
“You either have a good time or you have a good story.”
You can bet this moment made it onto my Homework for Life, and it’s probably storyworthy as well.
Amusing. Surprising. Joyous. Plus a little anger and some sadness and grief.
Good material to start a story. Maybe not a story worthy of the stage (though you never know), but entertaining nonetheless.