The Call came from Cavan County Libraries asking if I would come and perform, in my capacity as a Storyteller, for World Book Day – 5th March. As I spoke to the Librarian I was given over to my desire to say ‘yes’ to the Invitation, and so I did. I have a long standing affinity with County Cavan. It was where I stayed with friends the first time I travelled to Ireland, a holiday/vacation that would prove pivotal in my life’s direction. I exhibited several of my Photographs taken in County Cavan, well received they have gone on to hang on Gallery walls and in Collectors homes. I made the formal announcement, launching my first book “The Blueberry Monster” at the Festival of the Dead in Cavan Town. County Cavan is like a long thread traversing through my Tapestry. How could I have guessed it was about to embroider another pivotal stitch, in the tableau.
I became hesitant as the day approached, to the point that I considered cancelling. Something was calling me and I decided to follow my heart. I boarded the DART into town, that World Book Day morning, with trepidation and a great deal of caution; every item mindfully packed. I boarded my bus to Cavan and said good-bye to the dirty streets of Dublin. Once out of the city the calming effect of the countryside passing by my window started to take hold. I daydreamed, I napped, I snacked and soon I was pulling into Cavan Town. I noted how dramatically it had changed since the first time I laid eyes on it all those years ago. The bus depot and the attached restaurant, although, had altered very little. I found that extremely comforting. As the bus had arrived late, I made haste up road to the beautiful Johnston Central Library, the wheels on my carry-bag rattling behind me, my walking stick clickety-clacking in front of me. I arrived, made my hellos, took three deep breaths and walked into the spacious and bright room filled with eager Listeners. The theme of ‘SHARE A STORY’ was particularly warm and engaging. It beckoned to all to ‘Share A Story For 10 Minutes Today’; if I could wish a wish, it would be that everyone take 10 minutes out of every day to ‘Share A Story’. I believe such an act of sharing would bring a great happiness and kindness to the world, restoring an ounce each day of our Humanity and weaving us tighter together in common understanding and experience.