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Wicca’s Diary 2

My Human has been changing things around in our house. She’s taken down an awful picture of a very depressed-looking woman that looks like a younger version of herself and put up a rather beautiful Buddha picture, he’s lying down in bliss . It’s bad for humans to be depressed; they have no real understanding of themselves because they have something they call “Past” and something they call “Future”. I hear her talking about it almost every day when she’s teaching her students. Now, if they would all just live in the “now”, the now in which they are smiling at each other , and laughing, surely that would be better? It is Anne’s fault too because she tells them ” Next week, we’ll do blah blah blah…”

I’ve done a little changing things myself! She has this poinsetta, a white one which she shouldn’t, they’re poisonous for us cats, so to prove my point and remind her of her duty towards me, I knocked it off the shelf. But then I felt sorry because she was so upset “Naughty Cat” she said, “my students sent it to me, it’s so beautiful” and she put it back again; I suppose she knows I’m not dopey enough to eat it; I’ve got street cred! I’ll probably let her keep it as she likes it so much, she’s even draped it in tiny Christmas lights and often admires it.

The latest absurdity of hers is a big notice she’s posted. She grins when she reads it thinking its funny. Ah, Anne’ s got a long way to go if she thinks she’ll train me with humour! Anyway, I’ve been exploring and have discovered where she keeps her saucepans, if you saw them you’d realise she’s obviously not a cook poor thing!

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Dismantling Christmas

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Well Dickens and the Victorians* invented it (as we know it) so I guess we can just as soon dismantle it. With a little help from our politicians who want to keep us in a small safety bubble. But I wasn’t actually talking about that. I took the decorations down yesterday, the 3 Wise men arrived bringing their gifts, although they always seem to leave me out .I’ve been waiting for wisdom for such a long time now! What I got in exchange though was an almost insatiable curiosity about the world around me which, from reaching afar has been made tiny in these covid times. But wait! In spite of the restrictions I still have all I need, and more . A lot of love without hugs yes, but that’s ok. A lot more travel-less time to do my job well and go down all the new avenues I now have the leisure to discover, some opening up into splendid future vistas, others leading to dead ends. I’m learning hope from my garden, as ever. Don’t need any Wise men to tell me that do I?

*Although they already had Christmas cards and Christmas trees it was only when Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” that Christmas went crazy! If you have Amazon Prime there’s a feel-good film about it. Christians had been celebrating Christ’s birth of course, and Germanic tribes had been using evergreen decorations to keep away witches, ghosts and evil spirits long before that. But it was with Ebeneezer Scrooge & co. that family gatherings and sentimental Christmasses really took off. With Dylan Thomas’s wonderful “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” a layer of bitter-sweet nostalgia was added. However much as we mock ourselves for getting into these consumeristic, spendthrift, overblown Christmasses, maybe we should think again. Through no fault of anyone’s I ate a pretty miserable Christmas dinner alone but then I had a wonderful heart-warming surprise when the whole masked family turned up for panettone and Italian spumante (or English tea) quaffed under the sun blind to shelter from the rain the outliers who couldn’t be socially distanced in the patio! It only lasted long enough enough to eat the last sultanas but Dickens was right, it is about family after all. So don’t be Christmas snobs, and join in the Merriment!