It's funny being a happy heathen at a Christian school. Do I point out to the kids the similarity between Iphigenia's sacrifice at the hands of Agamemnon and Abraham's near-slaying of his son Issac? What do I do when a child points out that the "myth" of Pandora smacks of Eve in the Garden? Can I use the word "myth" and "Christianity" in the same sentence without having my ass handed to me on a pink slip? (Yes, we are studying the Greeks, and yes, that was an Artemis you spied.) And then there are the chapels. I think it's a lovely way to start the day- in quiet contemplation, in a beautiful space, with music, in community. But then my bumbling self can't quite figure out the right level of lip movement- none? mild synching? - that I should attempt during prayers. I want peace, I want healing, I wish for gentler times. But I do not ask this in the name of Jesus. I ask it in my own, and I ask it of myself.
The hymn I can really get into- no lip-synching- is "Simple Gifts." It is, after all, a dance song. And I like to boogie. I also wish to be simpler, freer, in the "place just right." (She said as she contemplated that skein of Tilli Thomas sequin stuff- how Shaker of me.) Despite our enormous loss, I feel I've been blessed so many times by all of you in the past two weeks. I've read and reread your comments. I received this beautiful box from Ashley- oh, how perfect the spicy chocolate is! Cathi even offered that precious coin of knitterly love- afghan squares. Which got me to thinking...
I need to make something for Timmy. An afghan might be just the thing...in a few months. But for now, while my life is awash in scraps of paper covered in phone numbers, all these voices asking what can I do, what can I bake, when can I show up, why did this happen...now is the time for something simple. Now is the time for a hat.
So I have two requests.
One: Any suggestions for hat yarn? I need something durable and soft that comes in good colors- don't we all? I plan to do something basic with a stripe, maybe, and a hem. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Please.
Two: Yarnival! Read previous issues here and here, and look to Cara to post the third one tomorrow. Please send me the simple gift of your submission through this link. To quote the dudely one: "Yarnival, People! Yarnival!"
And thank you, again.