R is for Robbers vs. Hermit

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Finding Resilience & Strength through Traditional Tales.

Robbers –

Inspired by Brother Grimm tale

Several stories collected by the Brothers Grimm involve robbers. Besides the one below typically called “The Three Green Twigs,” another famous one if of “The Robber Bridegroom.” While the first story has redemption, this latter one…does not. Much darker.

Want it darker? Well, then you will need to read “Fitcher’s Bird” or “The Juniper Tree.” Then you are talking about the stealing of life rather than the typical take and swipe of a robber.

Aren’t you glad that this story below is the redemptive one?

50-word-or-less summary:

Hermit building chapel. Raven gave food to Hermit. Noticed man led to gallows and showed no pity. Raven gave no food. God offended. Commanded to carry log. Teach people compassion. Forgiven when log sprouts leaves. Came to home of robbers. Dangerous! Hermit told story. Robbers touched. Hermit died. Log sprouted.

Finding the Story: 

Book “A Piece of the Wind And Other Stories to Tell” – here

“The Three Green Twigs” from Brothers Grimm – here

Another of “The Three Green Twigs” from Brothers Grimm – here

Finding Resilience & Strength:

The Hermit was doing much good…but still had judgement towards the man led to the gallows without knowing the full story. The Hermit could have still fed himself without the Raven giving food every day, but knowing he no longer got that food was a hint that something needed to change.

The Hermit could have been offended that God was offended. Instead, he took on the challenge to get the log to sprout leaves. He walked and taught and walked and taught. Then, he came upon a home of robbers. Surely, these men could have been taken the gallows themselves. Yet, these were the ones that listened and were moved the most. All was complete. The Hermit gained the strength and resilience that God always wanted for him. And he wasn’t the only one who benefited.

Here are lesson plans for teachers (as the Hermit was teaching a lot) from the American Psychological Association called “Building Student Resilience” to explore mental health strategies. These lessons were inspired during distance-learning of students though can still help today.

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As for our past A to Z Challenges…

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has been resilient and strong during these past years and looks forward to the next hybrid summit & festival on May 8-11, 2023. We would be honored for you to join us. Explore the schedule and register here: http://www.storycrossroads.org/Festival

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