Monday, April 14, 2008

The Sun Sisters: a short story

I really like the story called "The Sun Sisters" (full text). It's a Chinese story collected in Margaret Read MacDonald's Three-Minute Tales. I haven't yet told it, but I hope it becomes one of my stories. I'm a fan of stories that have to do with the creation and manipulation of textiles. Coincidentally, I read this story right around the time Lucia asked me why she wasn't supposed to stare directly at the sun. I was glad to have a story for her.

9 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

Cool story! The Lone Star Baby was asking about that this past week, and I don't think I convinced her very well of the importance of not looking at the sun - it was one of those days when the sun looked so red-dull, it seemed almost to be the moon. She just wasn't buying my "it will hurt your eyes - it is too bright" business.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

I love the textile stories, too (they were part of my dissertation, even). And I love that kind of literary coincidence, too. Off to read the story!

TadMack said...

Okay, ow. Although I have to say it begs the question of why they couldn't use the embroidery needles from the moon...

What is it with little kids? I remember there being an eclipse when I was in the first or second grade, and being punished by having to stay in because I *would* keep looking without the little pinhole glasses...

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

LSM: That sweet stinker! This is one of the instances in which a parent often falls back upon "Because I said so." I know I never wanted to be that parent, but there's a good reason it's such a standby.

Anamaria: I want to know more about your disseratation! Is it discussed on your blog somewhere? I'm so behind in my blog-reading I'm ready to declare blog-bankruptcy and start over.

TadMack: Maybe the needles from the moon were too cool to do any serious damage? Or they were actually shooting out the needles with an ear-piercing gun that was only available on the sun? You know the Sun brother was running an earring boutique, right?;) I don't think we even had the pinhole glasses-- we were instructed not to look,that's all. Guess who peeked...

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Ooh, oooh. I wanna read. I love sun-related themes and, well, things.

Lone Star Ma said...

Cool new banner.

Lady K said...

Your post makes me giggle on SO many levels...

Oh, XOXOXO, girl...

hope that fever is down.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks! I've been meaning to get that storyteller cup in somehow.

Lucia's fever is coming down. The reason I've not been posting regularly is because I've been attending to her for most of the week. Poor girl. The fever is at 100/99 degrees F now, but it flucutated between 103-105 for a few days. Yowza! Every day, she'd say, "I'm well! I'm not sick, I'm well!" while coughing and talking about her sore throat.

Lone Star Ma said...

I'm so sorry she's been ill! I'm glad she's improving and hope she's all better soon.