By Phylis Feinstein
Tell us your story.
(This interview was recorded at the Queen Anne Manor, former home of Children's hospital.)
I always admired the work that you've done. Fortunately, I've never had a child at your hospital. When I started expanding on my storytelling, one of the places that I thought of volunteering first was Children's Hospital and I'm really glad I did. It's an incredible place...even the way it's decorated is such fun.
I've been very involved in doing charity work. Three weeks ago I did storytelling for the Ethiopian Orphan AIDS Charity. That was the largest group I've ever done, it was about 75 people. And I'm also going to be doing storytelling for Folklife.
I tell folk stories, fairytales, biography stories. The kids really like fantasy stories- stories about dragons and witches and cows that talk. One if the favorite stories they like is about the Belly Button Burglar.
I won't tell you the whole story, but the Belly Button Burglar was an individual that stole belly buttons from children. One of the little boys kept on throwing his cover off the bed and his mother said, "If you continue doing that and your belly button will be stolen" and it was. He got it back because he was persistant, he fooled the belly button burglar. The belly button burglar said, "I'm never coming back here because you're the only child that ever got my belly button back!"
It's such a fun story.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Aside from the fact the staff is unreal, they're so wonderful and the facility is so wonderful. I don't know who would be doing the kind of work that you do and also your new expansion is going to put you really on the cutting edge I think, definitely.