Great-Grandma Elské’s Bamboo Cane
An incident that occurred in my Tai Chi class inspired this delightful tale.
Elské lost her bamboo cane. We’d walked across the road to my car to see if it was there, but it wasn’t.
Elské said she had owned the cane for over fifty years and it upset her greatly she’d lost it. She said, “I feel like I ought to confess to my mother”. This inspired me to write the story for children, though I smiled at the thought of explaining to small children that a 95-year-old woman didn’t really have a mother tucked away somewhere.
All the students in the class looked for the cane and Elské eventually found it, but you can read all about that in the book.
Readers need to know that Elské doesn’t need the cane to assist her mobility. She uses canes and swords to practise Tai Chi, as all the students do. I reveal a second reason at the end of the book for Elské’s attachment to the cane.
It’s a multi-generational story that highlights family tradition while demonstrating value in the elderly.
At ninety-nine years old, Elské still attends Tai Chi classes weekly, though she said to me recently, “I’m having a bit of trouble with my twirls now.”
The book embraces principles in Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework and New Zealand’s Te Whariki, Early Childhood Education Curriculum.
Rhonda Valentine Dixon