We are story-telling people. We love stories and well tell them to explain, to help, and to show who we are.
Last week, in San Diego, I stopped by an exhibition at the San Diego State University’s 725 Gallery. The exhibition was on speech bubbles, those visual descriptions of what cartoon characters are saying.
The mural that caught my attention was one on the importance of story-telling. It is an interesting mix of ancient and modern, with two story-sharing girls, a wild story, and a boy trying to climb into the story. The girl telling the story has the symbol for story-telling scroll coming out of her mouth, and the other girl is deeply listening.
Her heart is visible and the image above the girls is from the listener’s imagination.There is much to see in this mural.
Here is the complete explanation by the artist:
Every person has an individual reaction. Mine was, “The listener is not fixing, not waiting for the story to end, so she can tell her own, not inserting herself into the other’s story. She is listening fully, and experiencing the story.”
I have permission to use the images.
—Quinn McDonald is a story-teller and working on listening skills.