Storytelling at Work
December 03, 2021
Mr. Tomato Head!


What is Mr. Tomato Head doing on my storytelling blog? Whatever he wants!

Mr. Tomato Head and his good friend, Mr. Watermelon Head, were two of my kids' favorite stuffed animals growing up. I just rediscovered them yesterday and am thrilled beyond belief. Whoo hoo!

Stories, you see, are often triggered by a single word, memory, or image. In my case, seeing Mr. Tomato Head transported me back to the days when my kids were young (they are now 27 and 24).

Childhood! Imagination! No responsiblities! The time when anything was possible -- the time when just seeing Mr. Tomato Head on a shelf, pillow, or floor was enough to realize that everything was absolutely perfect -- that life was not only GOOD, but chock full of love, sweetness, delight, cuddles, bedtime stories, cookies, snow days, cartoons, birthday cake, and endless innocence (which, by the way, it still is, even if it is 20 years later -- as long as I allow the heart of a child to beat deep within me. And it does...

All hail Mr. Tomato Head!

And here is a story about his cousin, Wolfie.
And one about the time I save my mother's sterling silver
And the only hit I got one baseball season
And my favorite book of the year

PS: The older I get, the younger I get

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at December 3, 2021 02:25 PM


Greetings Mitch
"WHEN YOUR LAST STORY IS TOLD" thought-full writing, thank you. Please add to your blog easier to find and refer to than f'book posting.
Questions can be useful prompts for those story titles you describe. One useful source is Beth Sander's "Memory Journal."
Perhaps also useful to encourage people to tell (and write down) their stories no need for that daunting challenge to "write your memoir."
Family members, and perhaps historians, appreciate life's "pieces" stories as they come to mind.
Best Dick

Posted by: DickWeb [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2021 10:28 AM

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Storytelling at Work is a blog about the power of personal storytelling – why it matters and what you can do to more effectively communicate your stories – on or off the job. Inspired by the book of the same name, the blog features "moment of truth" stories by the author, Mitch Ditkoff, plus inspired rants, quotes, and guest submissions by readers.

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