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Invitation by Shel Silverstein

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

I almost never have a conversation without telling a good story. Something reminds me of something, and then that something reminds me of something else. So when telling the story, I rarely just talk about the meat of it because there are vegetables, too. And oh, let’s not forget about the dessert!

I’d also love to hear your stories, but if you’re not in the mood or don’t have anything you want to say, you’re welcome to just sit and listen. You may decide you have something to add after a while, or you may feel like you want to interject a bit here and there. That’s okay, too, but please don’t ask me to get to the point. I don’t want to. I want to tell you the whole story!

I wasn’t always a storyteller. Here, let me tell you a story about that. I was a late bloomer. My story telling tendencies didn’t emerge until I was lying on a couch more or less talking to myself. You see, when you’re in psychoanalysis, you’re supposed to free associate, which means saying everything and anything that comes to mind without censoring any of your thoughts. In other words, whatever you’re thinking inside your head is not allowed to stay there. You’re given permission to ramble without stopping — or at least until your fifty minute hour is up.

Once I got the taste for meandering tales, I never quite got my mute button to work the way it did before. It’s not a bad thing; in fact, I’ve been told by many that I’m quite engaging and captivating. However, I should tell you that I did leave my husband of a few years because, among other things, he told me to get to the point in front of another couple. They told him he was rude and that he shouldn’t interrupt. And then they told me to continue with my “interesting story.” He said he was just trying to get a few words in. Well, he should have said something!

So if you’re one of those who enjoys hearing the whole story, sit down for a while, and I’ll tell you something interesting. Oh, do I have a story for you!

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