Pearl Ann Gooding,
Three Apples fell from Heaven ... In My Backyard and Beyond
This was the title of my first solo CD and still reflects my outlook' on storytelling. I love the caption, "Three Apples Fell" as it comes from the Greek heritage that belongs to my husband. Each of his childhood books that he brought to Canada when he moved here as a young boy,
start with this endearing beginning.
We all can find out how many seeds are in an apple simply by cutting it open and counting them. We could never find out how many apples will come from the seeds that are in it though. That is what the gift and blessing of storytelling is, once the story is shared and passed on, the influence - whether it is just the shear enjoyment of the story or the search for the deeper meaning and understanding - we can never know all that it has given.
Three apples fell from heaven
One for the story
One for the storyteller
And one for the one who passed it on
The method I chose to use for this block was a machine appliqué, saw a similar design done with outlined swirly pears and so transferred the idea to apples and placed them in a rolling order to give the allusion of falling. I almost felt like I cheated a bit as I went over the border of the block for affect. I didn't give that option to the other participants, but hey, there has got to be some benefit to be the coordinator. And of course if I had to consult with myself [as would
other participants], I would have given myself the okay to go over!