Sometimes, when people bring up fairy tales, it's in the context of how awful they are, how they give unrealistic expectations of rescue, how they deny the female characters agency, how violent they are, or how they are simply wrong. Some of that is true of some tales.
But some of it isn't. If we can get as close to the original text, or even the original tellers as possible, fairy tales can surprise us with their earthiness, with the heroine's moxie and proactivity, and with the way they remind us that we must be kind, clever, and truthful in order to succeed at reaching our deepest desire.
In next month's group journey through The Goose Girl, we are going to move through this story in stages. We'll listen to the tale all together, as a whole, and start there, but then we'll take the story apart and share tales from our own lives. We'll look at childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, at our friends and helpers. Each life is a story. Not just one story -- each life is a myriad of stories, and we can choose which to tell, and which to believe.
Sara Renee Logan has been telling stories to everyone who would listen since she was seven. She organized storytimes for her college roommates, and spent a year at Oxford studying folklore and folktales. Many years as a Waldorf teacher allowed her to tell stories about everything from Baba Yaga's hut on chicken legs to the water cycle to the life of Joan of Arc. Sara shares her life with her partner, Melanie, their son, and an unreasonable family of pets. She continues to share her love of storytelling and stories with audiences of all ages, specializing in bringing the wild beauty of folktales to young and old. Sara writes about parenting, storytelling, and about living a life with stories.