The best stories are true.
When my in-laws come for a visit my father-in-law tells the kids “little Papa” stories every night before bed: Tales from his childhood in Bowie Courts, a segregated government housing project in Texarkana, Tx where people named “Anteater” lived and kids wore clothes sewn from potato sacks and turned bees into motors.
Always in third person. Always little Papa getting into trouble. Always cracking himself up in the retelling.
Storytime with Papa. A tradition worth archiving.