Tomorrow, my 17 year old son starts his last semester of his senior year. I have been trying to prepare for this day since the day of his birth. Will I live happily ever after-birth?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Screwing Up Your Kids and Getting a Chuckle out of it!
May 24th was the Great Festival of the Gypsies that takes place every year on the same day in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France.
Saint Sarah is the patron Saint of the Gypsies and on this day, Gypsies from all across Europe come to honor her.
It is customary to leave a note at her pagan altar--your wish, your hope, your prayer.
Since I couldn't go to this lively event I decided to light a candle to Saint Sarah and leave a prayer by the flaming light. Why I wanted to honor Saint Sarah must remain a mystery right now. But I wanted to and so I did.
The candle glowed brightly in the cut crystal glass.
First Tom walked through the door. Quickly I explained that I hadn't lit the candle to commemorate anyone's birth or death. "And nobody died," I told him.
Kyle walked in next. Again I was quick to alert him, "Don't worry, nobody died."
Will was the last to enter. He looked at me with his big green eyes (well one's green and the other's brown). "Nobody died, sweetheart. I'm just leaving a note of intention for Saint Sarah."
"But you're Jewish," he reminded me.
Than I had a funny thought.
I tend to light candles for all those people I have loved and lost, on special days like birthdays or anniversaries and, of course, the day they died. And when someone I know dies, I light a candle for them.
That's not the funny thought.
What got me chuckling is the image of one of my son's walking into a lover's home, the lovely young lass having filled the house with beautiful scented candles, looking forward to a night of love bathed in the soft glow of endless candlelight.
And then my kid's reaction--blood draining from his face, "Who died?" he'd ask his lover.
And she would know then that I had screwed-up my kids for sure.
Yes I am a Mom of two teen-age boys. It's been a wild ride and one that I have loved every step of the way. When I am not being 'MOM' I am writing horror novels for kids and producing horror films. It's kinda in my blood!