Memories Of Telling Night-Night Stories To My Kids While I'm Not Home
September 21, 2021
If you've read many of my blogs, you know that I spent some years of my life as a truck driver. As such, I was away from home a lot while my children were growing up through their childhoods.
When I was home, I always told them a bedtime story; usually some silly story I made up with strange characters such as "The Cat That Ate Bonsall" (Bonsall was a nearby town) or "A Day In The Life Of A Baseball." Other times I'd tell more traditional stories, but no matter what story I told them I would always add character voices and so forth to make things more entertaining.
But when I was on the road, in the days before smart phones and internet connectivity, I had no way to wish them good night if I was out in the middle of nowhere with no pay phone.
So, I came up with an idea. I purchased a cheap, small, battery operated cassette tape recorder of questionable quality and took it along with me in my truck, along with several blank cassette tapes. Now I could tell them stories as I drove, which they could listen to later when I couldn't be home with them!
The batteries in the very low-quality cassette recorder never lasted very long, and often as the stories were nearing their ends the tape would slow down, having the opposite effect in how the story sounded. I guess you could say the stories built up to a fever pitch by the end - getting faster and faster, my voice getting higher and higher. While not intentional, this actually added something to the stories, I think.
Have a listen to a few of them and you be the judge. I present to you:
The Story Of Peter The Piper
Cinderella And Her Fairy Godmother
The Three Bears Find A Trespasser
A Trio Of Diminutive Non-Kosher Beings
Feel free to laugh. It's good for the soul!