And Today’s Prayer . . .

The children’s God is a weather god. To wit . . .

It rains = God’s taking a shower
There’s thunder = God’s moving his bed
There’s lightning = God’s striking a match (and sometimes he’s careless and drops it and causes a fire!)
It’s windy (breezy, gusty or full-out gale) = it’s God’s farts.

Well, I have just returned from battling my way to the local shops—alarmed by the tots on their way to school, their clear plastic umbrellas caught by the wind and, Mary Poppins-like, lifted into the sky (thankfully quickly snatched back, amid wails and cries, by their parent or carer)—and I’ve this to say that childhood god . . .

Please, don’t eat so many greens and beans.
Don’t you know they cause flatulence.

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9 Responses to And Today’s Prayer . . .

  1. Judy says:

    Too cute. Simple as it seems, it is an example of the origins of myth. Catastrophic events had a direct causal relationship with the Divine!! As science has grown to explain volcanic eruptions or weather phenomena or anything previous inexplicable, a new term has evolved…God of the Gap…which is getting smaller all the time.

    • crimsonprose says:

      But I’m a writer. It’s in my nature to make myths. That’s what all my stories are. 🙂 Life is rich in myths; we just choose not to see them.

      • Judy says:

        Oh, I wasn’t saying that science is better than myth or that facts are better than fiction. Because, myth is more about the human condition and how we react to and interpret events in a more philosophical or mystical way. We need that like we need art and music….for our hearts to beat faster as imagination takes flight. We NEED you writers!!

      • crimsonprose says:

        Dearest Judy, I hadn’t thought you meant that at all. 🙂

    • Brian Bixby says:

      And the fall foliage here in New England is God’s attempt at a tie-dye T-shirt . . . gone weirdly wrong.

      • crimsonprose says:

        Actually ours too. Last year it didn’t turn till into December–very late. But went for a bit of a stroll yesterday through the ‘claylands’ of Central Norfolk (took a wrong turning, oops not again, ending up with a 12 mile hike) and the trees were glorious colours! And I’ve discovered whence the (fairly common) road name found in Central Norfolk of ‘Wash Lane’. Well, less a road-name, more a green-lane-name. In wet weather a Wash Lane becomes a stream in flood! Yippee. Wet feet!

      • Brian Bixby says:

        Took my mother for a foliage drive in less than sunny weather Wednesday. Best local spot? The (new) Groton Cemetery, with glorious yellows and reds.

      • crimsonprose says:

        We had this of cemeteries last year. Odd coincidence, yesterday’s walk started with a visit to my mother, grandmother, a couple of aunts, some cousins and family yet even older; some maybe as old as the wonderfully preserved Elizabethan manor house we saw. Yep, it was back to our roots (one set, anyway)

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