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Saturday, May 7, 2016

For Mother's Day--Removing The Curse

My youngest told someone that I get this "crazy" look on my face when I tell her how much I love her. She demonstrated. It looked a bit like this:  only my eyes aren't as open, she says. 

So, instead, today, I hugged her noodleness and told her how glad I was that she was my daughter. "I hope someday you'll be blessed with a daughter as wonderful as you," I said, as I squeezed her tight.

I heard an instant chime of memory, faint and painful. All the times I heard those words spoken with a different twist by my mother, to my sister: "May you be cursed with a child as evil, as horrible, as you are." 

My sister was challenging, at least for my mother--independent, fiercely determined, defiant. And like the stepmother in the fairytales, my mother had little to offer this adventurous child. From a very young age, my sister would do what she would, even if it meant punishment, usually physical, usually out of control, accompanied by the curse. 

There is a moment in the fairytale, though, when the heroine has crossed the world in her iron shoes--

or barefoot, has climbed the mountain of glass to remove the splinter from her brother's eye--

or through love itself has reversed the curse, turning beast into human. 

Today, when I heard that chime, I knew this curse was lifted--at least for me, for my children, and I hope for my sister's. 

And perhaps, someday, my mother, too, will break free of the curse that was passed down to her. 

Would that I had a magic wand, or iron shoes, or a mountain of glass to climb that I might see her free from her prison at least once before she dies. 

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