Last week, we did a mock story slam so the Best Day Buds would get a feel for The Moth’s story slams. Some were already familiar, but others couldn’t go onstage or stay out late, so we decided to do this as a teaser. Eleanor even brought her own bell to let people know when they ran over five minutes.
Before the Story Slam even started, we were greeted by older bud Rochelle, who had been out of commission for a year. And she brought her ration book, like she said she would the last few times I saw her. It came from when she was only six months old! She didn’t want any pictures take of it, but everyone got a good look at it too, and it looked like this, but with a different name.
The theme was “Feeling Lucky,” and half the storytellers began by saying they didn’t believe in luck. But every older bud except one told a story. And they were powerful stories, too! Stories about taking an Atlantic City vacation without spending a dime, a secret marriage in Panama, and fighting death after giving birth. Some people who thought they'd never be able to share a story onstage shared an incredible personal moment at the mock slam, and some people who had trouble writing down their stories delivered them beautifully off the cuff. It was a magical moment, and we'll be doing another one next month.
To celebrate our successful story slam, and the return of an older bud, we've included this story by the belle with the bell, Eleanor!