The Old Man and the Seagull

Welcome to Episode 9 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “The Old Man and the Seagull”.

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On today’s episode, I tell you the story of an old fisherman and his seagull and the things that come and go in the sea.

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Here is an excerpt from today’s seafaring tale:

The Old Fisherman smiled at his seagull who was listening attentively, perched upon his shoulder. What a good listener that gully-gull was. He had listened to all the things this old fisherman had said for ages. For, oh, how long had these two been friends? Well, for as long as seagulls live, I’d say. But this night, the old fisherman was telling the tale of how these two seafarers had met, so long ago.

One cold and windy wintery day this little gull had barely made his way in from way out in the ocean waves. For the sun was shining brightly but the winds were shifting and the waves were crashing hard against the rocks. The gull was quite young and small back then and in need of help. He’d flown right to the old fisherman as he was bringing in his boat from the rolling sea against the coming storm. The seagull’s wing was a bit out of sorts.

Well the bird had hopped himself gingerly up to the old fisherman and looked him right in the eye and bobbed his head to ask for help. And what could an old fisherman do? So he’d tucked the little gull into his warm coat and taken him home to tend his wing. And by the wood stove on that frozen and blustery day, he shared his brown bread and his fish stew with the wee bird. And what could make a faster friendship than the sharing of bread and song I do not know. For the old fisherman almost always had a song on his lips…

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How did you discover the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast? Is there a format that would make it easier for you and your family to listen? Would you like these stories to become books? I have a million ideas myself, but I would love to know more about what you are looking for. Would you take a moment to tell me in the Leave a Reply below?

Next week I’ll have a whole new tale to tell that I’m really excited about but I can’t give you a hint just yet about what it is. Next week’s tale will be the last story of the Summer Series Season I. The Autumn Series will start up on September 9th. The stories from Summer are the Jemi Series and the Butterfly Adventurer Series. If you haven’t heard those, you can check them out on this blog under the podcast tab or right here on iTunes.

I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Concert this Sunday, August 7th at 2PM EST on my April Eight page. Come on over and Like the page and have fun with me on Sunday.  I’ll be singing all the songs from this season’s stories and a few more besides. Should be a blast. See you then!


All songs, stories and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2016.



2 thoughts on “The Old Man and the Seagull

    • Oh my goodness, Lorraine, I just found this sweet comment. I was traveling a lot when I posted that last one, and somehow I missed you. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I’m glad you liked the podcast. I love writing them. You are a writer, yes? xoxoxoxoxo !!!

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