Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloweenie

  Hello again, and Happy Halloween :)

Portage has cancelled trick-or-treating tonight because of the weather, and has moved it to tomorrow night - hopefully it WILL be a better weather situation, because, as it turns out, tonight wound up beautiful. No rain and 6o-ish degrees :(

This is my son's 14th Halloween, and his first one not having an actual costume. I feel a bit misty over the fact that he is now a full-fledged hormone-laden, moody, know-it-all teenager and not my little boy anymore. I feel misty - and often like punching him these days!!
It's Rylie's 4th Halloween and she is officially an obsessed candy goblin. Darn it...looks like the era of Mommy and Daddy taking most of the spoils of tricks and treats is over!! ;) 

 In the midst of reminiscing about how quickly my children are growing up, lamenting over the fact that I am growing OLD, and trying desperately not to lose my voice while hollering and cussing at the kids and fur-baby, I have been thinking about Halloween. While some people I know are completely anti-Halloween for personal or religious reasons, others are celebrating Samhain, which is reportedly the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, therefore easing the way for us to make contact with those who have gone before us.

Now, here is the part of today's blog where I tell you that if you have extremely strong views for or against either of these beliefs, maybe you should skip to the end. While for me, Halloween has never been anything more than an excuse to pretend to be someone or something else and beg for copious amounts of candy, I find myself thinking more and more about the the Wiccan and/or Pagan holiday of Samhain. I have to say, while I am predominantly Christian with many Christian beliefs, I tend to label myself as simply Spiritual. I find that I feel a connection with aspects of many other belief systems - and the Wiccan way is extremely intriguing to me. I hope to learn more about it in time. I often wonder if there are many more people out there like me - people who believe deeply in the existence of angels while also revering the beauty of Mother Earth, and the thought of being in tune with the forces of nature. People who, like me, believe that our souls are eternal, and that each individual's PERSONAL belief system dictates what will occur after our earthly bodies perish. I believe that "cookie cutter" religions, where parishioners are told what to believe, are not appropriate for each individual, unique being. I believe God, or the Divine, knows our hearts. I believe worship and religion are innate, intimate, personalized parts of each of us that we need to discover in ourselves. Are there other people who think similarly? I welcome your thoughts...

Back to Halloween. I hope all of you spend this night in the way that makes you the happiest - whether it's gleefully downing your small child's booty after they've gone to bed, celebrating the thinning of the veil by attempting to make contact with a dearly departed loved one, or locking your doors, turning off all the house lights, and ignoring all those brave enough to ring the doorbell of your dark unwelcoming abode - enjoy this day that you've been given. Revel in another day of breathing, laughing, loving and dreaming. Because Halloween or not, today is yours. :)

Much love, my friends!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Beginning

 This post marks the beginning of a new endeavor for me: To be a blogger.
Whether or not I have anything to say that will interest, help, or inspire people remains to be seen, but for me, just getting my words "out there" is a goal I have been reaching out for for many years.
To all potential readers of my ramblings, please be forewarned of the following:

1. I started this blog to say what I need to say, in my own words. I don't intend offense to anyone or anything.
2. My thoughts and ideas may not be the same as yours - please be objective :)
3. My beliefs are wide and varied.
4. I'm not the perfect mom, and I will share my imperfections here.
5. There will be a fair amount of poetry - it may be good, it may be bad, but it is mine.

I will leave you with a sonnet I have recently written. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)

Caged Birds
A heart must not in gilded cage be tied,
Like birds of yore to end their wand'ring ways.
Songbirds and hearts alike no longer glide
When they are kept from their natural ways.

My heart, with love, does overflow and yearns
As sparrows do to share, and soar, and sing.
And dwelling in this heart deep passion burns
To let love fly and take peace on the wing.

But my love reclines in selfish confine,
Banished to prison for crimes yet unknown.
For treasures so rare as this heart of mine
Must be locked up lest it be freed, then flown.

Though my heart, love-laden, needs skies to roam,
It always knows when to turn, and fly home.

Lydia McKinney