Colwood resident Trudy Spiller in an elk dress she uses to present to SD62 classrooms. Spiller’s newest children’s book Trudy’s Rock Story, teaches kids what to do with their anger. (Contributed photo)

Colwood author teaches kids to deal with anger

Trudy Spiller hopes book will bring families closer together

When it comes to what’s important in life, Trudy Spiller believes family is everything.

Growing up the third youngest of nine siblings, Spiller lived in a three-room house with no bathroom, electricity or running water. To bring the young family together, Spiller’s grandmother would light a lamp, and tell stories from the Gitxsan Nation, which Spiller is from.

After storytime, her grandmother would say “I’ve given you my knowledge, you’re my knowledge keepers. You know the stories so you can pass them along to your children.”

Now, the 61-year-old Colwood resident is doing just that with the release of her latest children’s book.

Trudy’s Rock Story, which includes illustrations by Jessika von Innerebner, teaches kids what to do with their anger. It’s about a girl who – instead of lashing out – goes for a walk, finds a rock and diverts her negative energy into the rock, which she later buries as a way of letting go of her anger.

“There are so many children who don’t know what to do with their anger. They don’t know who to talk to or they don’t want to talk to someone so they use angry actions,” said Spiller, who has been making presentations to students across the Sooke School District about traditional Gitxsan plants, medicine, food and dress for more than three years. She usually ends the presentations by giving each student a rock to divert their energy if necessary.

“We divert that negative energy into the rock, hold it until you’re ready to give it back, it might be a few days it might be a long time, but always knowing the rock is something you can give back to mother earth and that mother earth will deal with all of that negative energy.”

Spiller believes in today’s hectic society, many families don’t get to spend as much quality time together. She hopes her book will teach children to talk to their parents when they’re upset and therefore bring families closer together.

“We need to go back to the old ways and talk to kids, and find other ways to deal with anger, sadness and loss,” she said.

“Family means being a family and talking as a family rather than trying to get a couple of minutes of family time in between TV, iPads and computers.”

Trudy’s Rock Story can be found online at medicinewheel.education.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Two people rescued after falling from lifeboat at Ogden Point

Crew members of the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship fell into the water Thursday night

Online blasting video helps ease Sooke residents concerns

Complaints of dust ongoing since 2017

Son of missing Oak Bay woman asks for continued public support

‘Because she is still out there, somewhere’

BCAM slated to get one of last remainng Lancaster bombers

Approval seems certain despite emotional Torontonian appeals

Death-penalty decision delayed for alleged cold-case killer

William Talbott is charged here in the 1987 slaying of a young Victoria-area couple

Here’s what you need to know about Day 1 at the BC Games

All 18 events kick off on the track, riding ring, fields, courts and lake in the Cowichan Valley

VIDEO: How to throw a frisbee

Ultimate frisbee player Amy Mackay shows off the proper technique

Site C dam project plagued by problems: expert

E. Harvey Elwin expresses concern about internal BC Hydro and government documents

Seal attacks kayakers in the Broughton Archipelago

“It has to be one chance in a million of this happening.”

Special Olympic athletes take on BC Games during special anniversary

Known as the Global Day of Inclusion, July 20 marks the first Special Olympics in 1968 in Chicago

Fundraiser to help mom of jogger detained after crossing U.S. border

Cedella Roman, 19, was held in U.S. after accidentally crossing border in South Surrey

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Friday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

UPDATED: 1,500 residents on evacuation alert as Peachland under state of emergency

The Mount Eneas wildfire has forced an evacuation alert of 596 properties

UPDATED: Remains of all eight Bruce McArthur victims now identified, Toronto police say

McArthur worked as a landscaper and allegedly concealed the remains of several men in planters

Most Read