“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.”

I am loving this weather. My den was so chilly this morning I had to shut the window behind me, but it is already getting warming. The high will be 78˚ and the low 55˚, which I’m expecting will be tonight.

When I was young, I believed in everything. I knew there was a Santa. He left toys under the tree every Christmas and filled my stocking until it bulged. The tooth fairy left money under my pillow. Fairies flitted in the field below my house. There were hundreds of fairies, hundreds of Tinker Bells. I never questioned why a bunny left eggs in my basket at Easter. I saw the Man in the Moon. He always smiled. I jumped over cracks in the roads and sidewalks. I didn’t want to be responsible for my mother’s broken back. My mother led me to believe if I ate watermelon seeds, they’d grow in my stomach, and that I could go blind sitting so close to the TV screen. She told me eating carrots would give me keen eyesight, and if I crossed my eyes, they’d stay that way.  I kept hoping I’d be able to see in the dark. My mother could tell if I was lying because my tongue turned black. I couldn’t get away with anything as she had eyes in the back of her head. It didn’t matter how much I looked. I never saw them, but I figured they were there anyway.

As I got older, I gradually stopped believing. I was never traumatized by learning the truth, and in some cases I was actually relieved. There would be no gardens in my stomach, I’d not go blind watching TV and my mother’s back was safe. I ate carrots and had no expectations. My mother couldn’t see behind her, and my tongue would never turn black.

I now know fireflies aren’t fairies but they still enthrall me. When the first one appears in my backyard each summer, I am always so excited, and I watch the on and off light of that firefly until it disappears, until the firefly flits off too far for me to follow. Christmas is always a joy, a delight of traditions, family and friends, even without Santa. I spit watermelon seeds for distance and for the fun of it and not because of that garden. I still believe there is magic in the world. I have to.

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20 Comments on ““That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Nasty hot again today and for a while I hoped that we would get rain and thunder, they got it eat, west and south from us but we got nothing but clouds. It didn’t even cool down. Tomorrow will be much the same they say. Personally I don’t mind the lack of rain but my neighbor the farmer needs lots of it now.

    Our beings are usually quite nasty, except for wights. Fairies was definitely something to stay away from since they have a tendency to either kill children or at least make them really sick 🙂 🙂 Days when it has rained and the sun appears we can see them dancing in the fields, it looks like peaks in the mist that rise from the ground 🙂 They are still here, one just need to look for them while believing 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m sorry you have that heat. We suffered through a bit of it ourselves though not as much as north of us did. Right now we are having perfect weather though it will be hotter and humid tomorrow.

      I love all your lore. I even envy it though I wouldn’t want your fairies. I prefer the Tinker Bell variety. I’m with you. I remember the line from the movie The Santa Claus Three: “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Golly Gosh Kat, TVs and carrots and all the things that we were told to get us safely out of the 1950s and 1960s

    Cut hair grows back faster
    Stepping on a rusty nail causes tetanus
    Too close to the TV ruins your eye sight and so does reading at night
    Most body heat is lost through the head
    Feed a cold starve a fever
    Urinate on a jellyfish sting (good reason to stay away from a jellyfish)
    Eating crusts makes your hair curl
    Chocolate causes zits

    AND my personal favorite
    Do not swim for one hour after eating

    I am sure I have missed some critical guideline to survival, oh yea like swallowed gum will stick in your stomach for 7 years.

    I wait to be enlightened by other KTCC Survivors

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Most of yours were also ours. I was told cut hair grows back coarser and darker. Yup, I also avoided a rusty nail if I were in bare feet. Wow, that jellyfish bite cure is new to me, as is the crust and Curley hair. I like that one. I figure it is for all those kids who demanded the crusts be cut off their sandwiches. You must be able to tell who they are as their hair is straight. I was forced to wear a hat all winter.

      I agree. We are the lucky survivors!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    The broken back thing is new to me, also Hedley’s hair curl crusts. The tooth fairy hadn’t crossed the ocean back then but and Santa or the Christ child were always accompanied by Servant Rupert who punished kids. The witch day was also my mother`s birthday, pure coincidence. I can’t remember that I believed in anything or anyone when I was young, I had to grow up very fast.
    Today I’ve combined a bike tour and a political rally, you know something is wrong in your country when you have to fight for basic human rights again.
    Back home now with ice cream coffee and a Steven Wilson 2018 concert (Hi Hedley!) on the radio.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      My mother loved Servant Rupert. She thought having him with Santa helped kids stay in line. Halloween here is filled with witches, goblins and other scary creatures.

      I believed my mother. Really, why would my mother lie?

      This country is going to hell in a hand basket. Trump has totally ignored the latest news from the Mueller probe about Russia and is going to visit his hero Putin anyway. He will say nothing as he is a coward. He needs the microphone to bash our allies.

      You have described what my country is becoming under Trump and his cronies. It makes me fearful.

    • Hedley Says:

      Hi Birgit….ooohhhhhh, which Wilson show are they broadcasting ? We went up to Toronto to see the tour and really liked it. Supposedly there is a full release of the Royal Albert Hall shows later in the tour. My favorites were Lazarus and Heart Attack in a Layby…and of course I have been hard selling the last 2 albums

      Looking forward to hearing what you thought

      How about if you crack your knuckles you get arthritis?

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I forgot about the knuckle one. Not only would you get arthritis but also your knuckles would get big and ugly!

      • Hedley Says:

        No reason to worry about arthritis from excessive knuckle cracking….As

        A copper bracelet cures arthritis

      • katry Says:

        I chuckled, MDH!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, Mrs MDH is now arguing with me about heat through the head…it’s getting quite heated…or not heated

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Sadly, Mrs. MDH is wrong,

        “Even the U.S. Army Field Manual used to claim “40 to 45 percent of body heat” is lost through the head, but it is simply not true, according to the British Medical Journal. This heat-loss myth probably came from experiments in the 1950s, when military researchers exposed subjects to frigid temperatures.”

        I found it is 8 to 10%

      • Hedley Says:

        It’s my recommendation that you tell her…now we are on to the rusty nail thing and I am getting internet quotes

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, the first half of a local concert, Essen/Germany March 2018. Especially the last song was impressive, 7/8-measure, KingCrimson-like, I forgot the title, the playlist says it was Ancestral. I think I should see him live one day.

        Yes, knuckle cracking was definitely dangerous but I can’t remember why. But not as dangerous as crossing your eyes. And don’t swallow ice cubes, it makes your stomach shrink.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Nope, you get to tell her. I suggest you do it quickly as you are leaving the room.

        “You may have heard that you can get tetanus if you are injured by a rusty nail. This is true only if the nail is dirty and has the tetanus bacteria on it. It is the dirt on the nail, not the rust that carries the risk of tetanus.”

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, I have cranked up “Arriving nowhere but not here”

        Steven Wilson does tend to come your way and it would be worth your while

        You are right, crossing your eyes can be a disaster…what about getting warts from a frog ? Terrible !

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I totally forgot about the toad. Now I’m finding I lived a sham life as a child.

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        The ice cube one is new to me.

  4. splendidone Says:

    These have really tickled my fancy and left me with warm feelings of childhood. The Servant Rupert is new to me. We had St. Nick here. Many Catholic children quickly revised their behavior once All saints day came- December 6th was St. Nick’s day and you only had a bit more than a month. Really loved hearing all of these!

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      I don’t remember when we started to try to be good. I remember my mother used Santa as the incentive. None of us wanted coal. All Saint’s day on November 1 was far too early to start toeing the line for us. St. Nick’s day was closer so maybe that was the start of our good behavior, said with tongue in cheek!


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