For many, experiences as a child greatly effect the choices of adulthood. From how a child is raised to how parents handle raising their own children, and even the decision to bring a new member into a family, the choices we make for our future can be influenced by what has happened in our past.
Often it is only through reflection that clarity emerges, whether that be self-reflection or sharing stories with others. On July 9 five Americans, including me, will join Storytellers Project LIVE, In Your House! to share true, first-person stories from their lives, each story dealing with the world of kids.
"Kid Stories" will be a show for adults about childhood and children.
Mirella Acebo will share a story about a lifelong friendship and a literal trip down memory lane.
"Our past memories can be a gift to the present-day us," said Acebo, who is a life coach in the San Fernando Valley.
I will share a story from my own childhood where toy weapons were not uncommon until a toy gun I made out of Lego bricks brought a swift end to innocent play. While I meant no harm to anyone, how I saw my play and how my mom did were two totally different perspectives, hers informed by wisdom and experience of a reality often unkind to Black boys.
Amy Carney of Paradise Valley will share a story of the difficult and unpredictable process of foster care adoption and its potential for a beautiful and rewarding experience for a family.
"We did not see this coming, but it has turned out to be a beautifully imperfect journey," said Amy, who works as a writer, speaker, and product maker.
Reasons for storytelling differ as greatly as the stories themselves. For Sarah Frazier, a copy editor for The Knoxville News Sentinel, that reason is her community.
"For me, it’s a different way to relate to our readers. It’s a stretch for me, because I’m mostly not an out-there kind of person," said Frazier. "This puts me out on sort of an edge where I can look over and see people I wouldn’t ordinarily see in my desk job."
Kathy Nakagawa aims to share her story about learning how to forgive others and herself while learning about the virtual storytelling operations behind the scenes in the process.
"I like the idea of connecting 'live' with others even though we are apart," she said. Nakagawa is an associate professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
"Also, I co-produce a storytelling show with Mario Avent, a Phoenix storyteller, called 'A Slice: Stories & Cake' for a small local theater, Space 55, and was interested in how we might adapt our storytelling show in the future."
The Storytellers Project’s virtual series, called "LIVE, In Your House!" has been drawing hundreds of thousands of views since debuting April 2, when the COVID-19 pandemic started closing down venues where in-person shows had been held. Viewers can now tune in to the Storytellers Project's Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch and comment live.
"Life as we know it is hard right now but I believe we can get through anything with the right people by our side," Acebo said.
The line-up July 9:
- Mirella Acebo, 47, of San Fernando Valley, California.
- Amy Carney, 48, of Paradise Valley, Arizona.
- Sarah Frazier, 60, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Kathy Nakagawa, 56, of Phoenix.
- Evan E. Roberts, 32, of Phoenix.
Need to know:
- What: Storytellers Project LIVE, In Your House!, "Kid Stories"
- When: 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 9
- Where: Storytellers Project Facebook and YouTube
- More: Check out the Storytellers Project's past shows
- Tell a Story: Click here to apply to tell a story at one of our virtual shows
- July 23: Stylish Stories
- Aug. 6: Fresh Starts
- Aug. 20: Lessons Learned
- Sept. 3: Stories About Stories
- Sept. 17: Entrepreneurship and Hustle
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Watch Storytellers Project show "Kid Stories" tonight on YouTube, Facebook