Reading audio books
In addition to teaching, I’m now narrating children’s audio books. It’s extremely fun and interesting work, as I’m doing cold reading, meaning I have no idea what the story is about, or what events will happen. Today’s stories included a child being picked up by a giant in a forest, and taken to his house. The giant was cooking other children ( horror!) I tried not to stumble reading that! – but at the end of the story, the giant picks up the child in his hand and he dies of fright. The author then states that the giant is a person, and the poor creature who died…. is a small bird.
The stories are rich in beautiful lessons like these, dating back to older books. I also learned that elephants have a small finger on their trunks with which they can pick up the tiniest piece of food or a flower. I rode an elephant once years ago, but do not remember details about its trunk. That was in another life, in Sri Lanka, the tropical and exotic island near India.