Of all activities in life, I’ve come to the realisation that the bedtime story is most important. More than important, significant! It is the lifeblood to educate, comfort, nurture, develop creativity, and most importantly, to build rich relationships.
And I didn’t tell enough of them. Not by a long shot.
It’s probably my only regret. Well, certainly my biggest.
I especially regret the times I was at home; too busy commuting, working on projects, or studying. Too invested in my career, and not nearly enough in my family.
Don’t get me wrong, I did read and tell many stories in my time. Just not enough, and I didn’t begin early enough. I learned too late that the (bedtime) story is more important than anything else you do. Seriously, in the hospice when your kids can’t relate to you, you’re not going to care about that sale in 2007, that certificate of excellence in 2012, or that shiny medal.
And then there’s the travel. My entire career has seen me spend long hours, days, even weeks away from home. Of course I faxed, phoned, then Skyped, and now FaceTime and WhatsApp my family. But it’s hardly being in the room with The Very Busy Spider, Harry Potter, Jock of the Bushveld, or stories of lives I’ve lived.
There are two technologies that are going to revolutionise stories for when you have to travel.
Soon you’ll literally be able to holoport with Augmented Reality
And right now you can join your child in a fantasy world with Virtual Reality:
But whether you’re in the bedroom, or your hotel room, you still need to take the time to tell stories to your kids. That’s not about technology, we’ve been sharing stories since before inventing fire.
For myself, I’m going to buy a 360 Camera and start recording myself reading and telling bedtime stories. So my grandkids can enjoy time with their grandad even when I’m gone.
How about you?