Cindy McCain – Lost in Morocco

I had the privilege to tell my story (reblogged below) last Monday at Tenx9 Nashville. This monthly storytelling event, started in Belfast, Ireland, is something I look forward to since storyteller Amanda Bloomer (my friend, fellow educator, and former student) invited me in February. Tenx9 is based on a simple structure–nine storytellers, each sharing their stories on stage in less than ten minutes on a common theme.

The free event is structured in 3 sets and ends with Bob McRay’s understory of the night–always a treat–and the announcement of next month’s theme. If you’re in Nashville, join us. Details on how to submit a story for consideration are here.

Michael McRay brought the event to Nashville in 2013, and the community it has created reached a record number last Monday packing Douglas Corner. We laugh and cry and left knowing we’re not alone. The tie that binds us is a poignant truth: “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine”…“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

Stay tuned for links to the podcast at Tenx9 Nashville and iTunes.

 

Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling

56- Lost

I’ve been lost since 2014 when I left a teaching job of 27 years at a school my kidsattended K-12 three streets from our house. I moved to another continent 4,400 miles away. Solo. Sight unseen. As sure as Santiago in Coelho’s (Quelho’s) The Alchemist, I knew it was my destiny, an adventure to which God called me, promising roses in the desert where I’d sing like a girl again. I wanted to be lost in a love story. And so it began…

The taxi driver burrowed as far as he could into the Marrakech medina, stopping in a deserted, small square. “Where’s the riad?” Jasna, my new Canadian coworker asks.

He slices the air to point to a corner a few feet away, then bends his hand in a 90 degree angle to the left. Though we only know a few words in Darija, we’re getting good at Charades…

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. katew5050 says:

    Love this…what an honour to tell your story….see you soo. Xx

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    1. Cindy McCain says:

      It really was! You’d love the event. Add to the list we need to check out the original Tenx9 in Belfast one day.

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