During the hot summer months in Athens my mother liked to sit on the balcony in the afternoon and eat pieces of watermelon. This would be her last summer of doing just that. She had this bad habit of spitting out the seeds. Many of them would stick to the marble floor. But, there were some seeds that landed in the pot in front of her. A pot that I had planted a yucca in. By some strange miracle the seed germinated just a few weeks ago and a watermelon vine started growing. And now there is a cute little watermelon growing from the vine! I have tried countless times to plant seeds in these pots and most of the time they have not germinated. It’s a hit or miss with seeds, that’s why the more seeds planted the better chance of success. So my family and I were shocked that this seed actually germinated. It was such a funny, yet comforting thing to have happen close to a year after her passing. Perhaps it’s a message that life continues and to flourish and to grow and not to give up even in difficult circumstances.
The old man sat on his chair with a look of confusion and sadness worn on his face.
“What’s is it?” I asked
“I had a crazy dream last night. I’ll never forget it.”
“Alright. So what? I can tell you a million crazy dreams that I’ve had. Don’t let whatever you saw bother you too much.” I said to the old man/ I was worried that the old man was going to give himself a stroke.
“Let me tell you about the dream. I bet you’ve never seen or heard of this kind of dream before in your life!”
The old man proceeded to tell me his dream with great enthusiasm.
“It took place in Egypt in one of the pyramids. A group of archaeologists had just uncovered a tomb belonging to a pharaoh from four thousand years ago. When they opened the tomb the mummy opened his eyes. The archaeologists were shocked. The mummy slowly sat up in his grave and his bandages began to fall off. He asked for a translator. In the next scene he was looking out at the landscape of the world. Looking at all of the chaos. Then the pharaoh angrily exclaimed ‘savages, those people are savages!”
I looked at the old man with a look of disbelief.
” You’re kidding me now?”
“Why would I kid?” said the old man with an air of annoyance.
“He was so angry. “Savages” said the Pharaoh!”
I didn’t know what else to tell the old man. But, that he was right I had never heard of such a dream before.
Later that week I came across an article about a four thousand year old tomb of a pharaoh that had been uncovered. Chills poured down my body. The old man knew nothing of Egyptology how could he have guessed the date correctly?
I sometimes wonder about our ancestors-all of our ancestors. What do they think of us modern humans? They cannot be pleased with what we have done to the planet and how we treat each other.
This is a message from the beyond that they are horrified by what they are seeing on this earth.
*Based on a true story
‘Too much Talking’ Illustration by Angela Zafiris
Now it’s time for a little rant…
I was on You Tube and I came across numerous talking heads with channels. I listened and listened to what they have to say about people, life and the universe.. blah blah blah. I disagreed with a few things that they had to say. They seemed so out of touch. I realized it was just useless banter from people of privileged positions. They are all so sanctimonious with their ‘crowns’ and with a talent at bringing people down because its profitable. Some have a PhD in whatever field and some are intuitive/spiritual and others who have the gift of gab aka blabber mouths. There is a laundry list of things you HAVE to do before a certain age (God forbid you don’t want to do those things) or you do, but haven’t achieved these things yet, and perhaps you never will. That’s life!
What is right for them might not work for you. What they wanted out of life might not necessarily want what you want out of life.
So be your own life coach. Follow your own path. If life is too short then don’t listen to the dribble. We will all end up six feet under anyways no matter what road or piece of advice we take.
Now, I hope that wasn’t too much talking for you. Just a healthy dose of the truth.
‘Pandora Close Your Box’ handmade word collage by Angela Zafiris
‘Pandora Close Your Box’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris
In the creation myths, Zeus was so enraged with Prometheus for stealing fire, that he plotted his revenge against him. He ordered Hephaestus to create a beautiful woman with clay and water. The goddess Athena gave his creation charm and grace and Hermes gave her cleverness and the art of lying (!) She was given the name ‘Pandora’ meaning all-giving. Hephaestus gave her to the Titan Epimetheus who ignored his brothers’ advice to not to accept any gifts from Zeus, but he ignored his brother and married Pandora. Pandora brought with her a box that the gods told her to never open. Pandoras’ curiostiy got the best of her and she opend it and in doing so released all of the troubles into the world. Only hope remained in the box which whispered big dreams and false hopes into peoples weary ears and thus keeping them alive.
Similarly to the Eves’ biting of the forbidden fruit as the reason for the ills of the world so to is Pandora to blame, a woman! But, if we look closer it’s not a woman who is the source of all that has plague humans since antiquity. If Zeus had not sought revenge against Prometheus, and if he had not created that darn box than all calamities would have been avoided. But, of course the female has to be the scape goat. In the famous story of the Trojan war, Helen and her irresistible beauty, was said to be the reason for the war, but these two enemies (Achaean Greeks and the Trojan Anatolians) only found a beautiful excuse to go to war. The blame was put on a womans’ beauty and not on the war mongering nature of most men. Men abuse nature, men abuse animals, men abuse children and men abuse women and each other. Yet it’s the ‘cunning, lying, curious, manipulative, and idle woman who is said to have started it all.
Nonetheless, the story is inspiring and the references to Pandora can be spotting everywhere from pop culutre to the media. With all the catastrophes that seem to be multiplying like a hydra recently, we all know who is to be blamed..a woman! A very ancient woman and her box!
The ‘Venus de Milo’ at Louvre Museum in France was discovered in 1820 on the Greek island of Milos.
I know, if Aphrodite spoke she would not be speaking in English, or French for that matter. But, I’m sure she would picked up a few foreign words here and there from all those years of being at the Louvre and listening to the tourists speak.
The strange thing about this post is that at the time that I came up with the idea I didn’t know that there is an actual campaign in Greece, specifically by the residents of the island of Milos, to bring the statue back to the island. So weird! Maybe it’s a sign that it will return? It doesn’t seem to likely since it has been at the Louvre for such a long time. But, if it does happen it would be an extraordinary event to see the removal and return of the statue however you may feel about it.
“She’s Stuck” illustation by Angela Zafiris
I”ll probably go back to this and see what else I can do. For now it’s good enough.
These women are not as silent as we think they are. They’ve seen and
heard it all!
*All jokes have been translated from ancient Greek to English.