Thursday, February 05, 2009
Nights With No Moon
My French relatives from New Caledonia (the ones on my mother's side of the family) who drank to excess, fought with knives, and loved shopping at Tom Thumb when they visited the States, used to dive for black pearls off the island. You could only get them at night, and by all accounts, it was dangerous. I have no way of knowing how much of what they said was true -- they often showed up with a handful of the precious pearls and tombstones for relatives that were already buried which made groovy-cool decorations in my parents' already creepy-ass house.
On my search engine, I get a bizarre variety of search terms, some mundane (how do you spell extremely?) to disturbing (pre-teen rape scenes). But mostly I get spells -- spells to make someone love you, spells to bring lost love back, and interestingly enough, spells for longer hair. It seems, just like I always suspected, that a lot of people don't think their hair looks good. But I always get sad when I see the love spells, the desire, the hope. There wasn't a lot of love in my mother's family unless you count throwing bottles at each other as signs of affection. I still have one of the rare black pearls from their visits and the lore says it guides you through nights with no moon. White pearls signify fertility so I avoid them, pink ones look, well, too pink. But to wear something around your neck to guide you through your nights without any moonlight allows you to walk through the darkest moments with hope, maybe the most dangerous item in Pandora's box.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Rock'n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it's the greatest thing that's happening. If they don't, they're turds.” Lux Interior (Rest in Peace!)
Video tomorrow - - I'm coming up with a whole new batch of potions to get us through all the hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day.
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Thursday! Still thinking about Mark's writing prompt -- a party scene, matching dresses, too much tequila . . . it's coming together!