Over the course of our heroine’s travels, she had gotten into a routine: she attended the ministrations of the kingdom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and she cataloged her adventures on Sundays. However, on this particular Friday, Sammi was abruptly summoned to King Esa.
“I declare,” said the King, “that because break is approaching, and because of the recent visit of the neighboring King Rust, you shall record your adventures today instead of on Sunday!”
Now, Sammi didn’t mind this declaration so much; after all, she could write while King Rust’s teachings were still fresh in her mind, and besides, if she had been required to write over break, she would likely forget to do so. So she sat down at ye olde computer two days early and began to write.
Sammi wrote that she had very much enjoyed the teachings of King Rust. In fact, the lesson had made Sammi want very much to take an ASL class. It had been very eye-opening for Sammi to be shown just how different the language and history of ASL were to the auditory language. She had had no idea that the grammar was so different, let alone that they had their own methods of conveying stories and music! They made poetry and told riveting stories with their hands, faces, and bodies, and Sammi thought it was beautiful.
Sammi particularly enjoyed learning about the different types of narratives, especially the personal narratives and the folktales, which were often linked. It was news to our heroine that these personal narratives often became the stuff of folktale, and that they were not simply told, but told in a way that made the stories more visually appealing. There were also so many ways to tell stories in ASL (number stories, anyone?)! ASL, she realized, truly was its own language with its own culture and stories, just like the other cultures that had their own fairytales. And if it was the case that folktales often became meshed into fairytales, who knew? Maybe the stories of ASL would make their way into the other fairytales of the world!
In reflection, Sammi realized she had really enjoyed this lesson on the stories of ASL. She was glad it had occurred, and she felt enriched for the experience. Now, though, she was REALLY looking forward to her week of vacation. She packed her bags and left the kingdom for a brief trip to the kingdom of Sleepytime. She knew she would return, but in the meantime, she had some serious Zzzs to catch up on.
To be continued…