Recently I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on by Rafe Esquith. Youtube videos included. He’s a wonderfully inspiring teacher. Anyway, he mentioned this title in one of his books and it piqued my interest so I hunted down a copy and I’m very glad I did.
Over the weekend I sat down with my boys and read it to them. Their first question, as always, was “What’s it about?” But I wanted to leave them hanging on this one, so I told them to wait and see.
The story is set on a sailing ship that has a most refreshing crew. They like to read, play music and tell stories when they are not working hard at their posts.
But all that changes when they find the “Wretched Stone”.
The men can’t tear themselves away from it. They just sit in front of it mesmerized.
Ever heard of such behaviour? Quite terrifying isn’t it.
Of course at this point my little men cottoned on to what the book was about.
Most of us have a “Wretched Stone” at our place.
They vary a little nowadays, from the traditional type stones up against the wall (or many walls according to the scale of the problem), to the desktop stones and the iStones.
But the affect is the same no matter the type.
‘The wretched stone turned the whole crew into hairy beasts, that just sat there grinning at that terrible rock.’
Have you seen these same symptoms in your crew?
Rest assured, there is hope…if you act swiftly and uncompromisingly.
Such a great little book with a worthy message.
I’m very grateful to Rafe Esquith for the recommendation. I may never have heard of this title or simply passed it by without this nudge.
So consider this nudge passed on….
“Protect your crew from Wretched Stones”