First the crafty then the nitty gritty...
I've made a slew of these little gnome hats from some juicy red felt with sweet white stitching. How cute are they? I just might wrap one up and place it beneath the tree for our house elf ;)
Last night we decided to pop into the latest parent council meeting to see what's what and let them know how we felt about that issue. Apparently we weren't the only parents upset by the costume decision as it was already on the agenda. There certainly wasn't a resolution on the issue but I hope that next year they'll re-consider. I have a hard time believing that a better solution, an alternative that is actually inclusive, considering the feelings of everyone, not just the few, could not be found.
At the meeting, I mentioned that we are Pagan. The principal came over after the meeting and asked what 'Pagan' means. It's sort of a complicated question to answer because really, it's just an umbrella term that includes an awful lot of different things. I told her that I identify as a witch but I am not Wiccan. We celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, the changing of the seasons. We look to the old ways. I explained that we live our lives to be as Christian-like as possible, to be kind, to be good and helpful, but we do not adhere to other beliefs of that path. I often find myself completely stumped answering that question.
I've known people from many faiths and those that believe in no greater power at all. There's good and bad in each. In the end, the very best people are those who strive to be happy, gentle and good, who live with a sense of humour and focus on the betterment of their own lives rather than the faults they perceive in others. You? Well, I'm fairly certain you're one of the nicest of the bunch... no matter what your path :)
I love what you wrote. It is perfectly stated!ReplyDelete
"There's good and bad in each. In the end, the very best people are those who strive to be happy, gentle and good, who live with a sense of humour and focus on the betterment of their own lives rather than the faults they perceive in others."
Beautifully put. I'd like to add that I admire your courage. You would think that we live in a society where it is safe to be and believe whatever you wish, but I have often found some folks of certain beliefs to be rather harsh judges of people who don't share their beliefs. I'm ashamed to admit that while I never deny that I am not a Christian, I rarely volunteer that information. Thanks for being an inspiration.ReplyDelete
Your last paragraph should be a mantra for us all.ReplyDelete
I agree with cuddlybunny totally. You are fabulous and inpirational.ReplyDelete
A very good response to what can be a tough question to answer. I do hope the school reconsiders the situation for next year.ReplyDelete
Sweet little hats!ReplyDelete
I had no idea what pagan meant. I think of "pagan ritual" and that doesn't sound like a good thing, so your description added much insight for me. xo
Pagan rituals are very good things, Teri. At least to us Pagans! I love the "middle ground" solution that D. worked out for this. He's a smart one!ReplyDelete