Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!

When there isn’t a myth that suits your needs, by all means create one. (Ellespeth)

Today is Mardi Gras. Where I live now, it’s simply Tuesday. There aren’t any throngs of people yelling and singing and waking me up at the crack of dawn because they decided not to go home the night before. No. That was the first 50 years of my life. And here I am now, in Silicon Valley…sitting in my living room thinking about how fantastic it would be if everyone, in Mountain View, put on a costume and pranced around down El Camino Avenue on Fat Tuesday. And kids would have their faces painted and eat unhealthy corn dogs on a stick and cotton candy. Adults would drink milk punch laced with brandy 🙂 How fun!

We made milk punch this afternoon and gumbo for supper and listened to the sound track from Cabaret. I made an old-fashioned banana cream pie for dessert.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent.  40 days of sort of fasting.  I’m going to burn a smudge stick tomorrow and tap the ashes into a special bowl and smudge them across our foreheads and our palms. “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)

It’s not midnight yet though so…Laissez les bons temps rouler!!! (Let the good times roll!!)

Ellespeth

Velvet & Stars (A Poem)

Velvet & Stars

I’d like
one of those warm blankets
of words
to cover and shield me
from this winter twilight’s chill
and windy avenues
sweeping lovers along in their bliss
and Christmas bells on carriages
ringing with promise
of ancient hopes.
Softest words
meant for only hearts to feel.
Come soon, my sweetest gentle man,
to lay beneath velvet and stars with me
and we may not strain so
to let love
whisper stories
we’ve never stopped longing to hear.

Ellespeth