Monday, September 23, 2013

If you write down the stories, we'll remember them.

This is Wilbert the Worm of Wormville who was found living in a soft patch of soil near a carrot patch.  As you might already know, he is soft and smooth.  Amazingly, he was also the source of an afternoon of intense observation in his school-house flower pot (on the right of his teacher).

He is also the main character in a series of bedtime stories, The Adventures of Wilbert.  He is a wise and wonderful worm who leads his cousins in some pretty strange underground and above ground adventures!  In a recent episode, his wisdom and patience were celebrated by worms from miles away when finally, after months of waiting and rerouting around the growing orange carrot barriers, the ground opened up softer, moister, and more filled with air than anyone could ever remember! Finally, exercise, food, exploration, and visits from friends were possible and Wilbert, who advocated for patience rather than a revolution, was the hero!

While I could regale you with wise words from Wilbert, the real wisdom came from Grace, a brave worm finder and experienced book reader.  As she snuggled down for, I suspect, Wilbert-filled dreams she said sleepily, " I have an idea. If you write down the stories, we'll remember them."

Yes, Grace, that's why we write. 

PS. You too can make your own "poster" on Quozio. (thanks Amy and Michelle for the link)
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Anonymous said...

I am loving this post about Wilbert the worm and the quote that Grace said. The quote is so powerful! Thanks for sharing that quote website as well!

Jane Martyn said...

I love this post. Thank you so much for it. I have an "ideas book" for future stories because I want to remember them as well- in fact, keeping up to date with my ideas book is one of the things I discussed in my blog this week:

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...
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Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Grace is right...and I'm glad you did!

elsie said...

This is not a story I want to forget. I'm glad Gracie reminded you to write it down. She is a wise one.

LInda Baie said...

Anita, such a special story that you too wrote down so that we all can remember. I'm going to print it out, or go to the link and make my own! Thanks!

mkrobb said...

That's the best advice any writer can get. When I was little I read a Roald Dahl essay where he says the same thing. He explains that stories are like dreams in that sense. I've followed that advice to this day, although I have lots of bits and pieces of stories that I've yet to finish. :)

I think the essay was part of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.