For my twin toddlers, the instant attention-grabbing words are — Once upon a time. They drop everything and dash to whoever uttered those words.
It’s my only weapon to break their fights and tantrums. But once those words slip out then there is no escape.
“Tell me the story, Papa. Please tell me the story.” To their relentless prodding, I give in every time.
It doesn’t matter how interesting or boring the story is. Neither does it matter if I am telling them the same narrative for the hundredth time. Fed up they’re not. Any pause to catch my breath is cut short by an impatient stare demanding an exciting twist in the tale. Their eyes widen as if it’s not the ears but eyes they’re listening with.
Kids are suckers for stories. So are adults. Aren’t we?
The content may change but the fascination for stories is deeply ingrained trait that evolution has bestowed on the human brain.
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