Sunday, May 04, 2008

Do You Believe in Magic?

This weekend was filled with magical moments. On three separate occasions I was reminded that there is indeed reason to believe.

(Photos courtesy of Steve, Blogger photographer extrordinaire!)

Saturday was one of the most beautiful days of the Spring. Just before the arrival of Bloggers from far and wide we hoisted the May pole in our back yard. Twelve colorful ribbons fluttered in the breeze.

I had never even met half of the people who came to our May party. But as we sat there drinking beer and wine coolers and eating little skewers of grilled food, we found common links that established us as family. We talked about anonymity, about family reading our Blogs, about the time-sink that Blogging can become, about when and how to quit. And of course there were stories, lots of stories. Two of our number could lord it over us that they know Cube’s first name, but no one would dare tell.

We were indeed family by the time the dance began. We were instructed to pick a ribbon of our choice and then to charge up the pole with lusty thoughts.

Half of us prepared to move in a clockwise direction; the other half would go counter-clockwise. It seemed a simple matter to go under and over as we danced to the music. We must have looked like the dorkiest bunch of dancers ever as we went round and round. Everyone looked up in awe as the pole disappeared under its woven blanket of colored ribbon. Although the tradition is to run into the woods and have sex after the May dance, there is far too much poison ivy in our woods, so we just joked about it. This was definitely magical moment #1.

Today I went to a book talk at the French embassy by Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange, and now The Girl with No Shadow, a sequel to Chocolat. Anyone who has read these books knows how magic permeates this author’s writing. During the Q & A period after her talk, someone asked her if indeed she believes in magic. She answered in the affirmative, noting that it’s not always Harry Potter type magic, but it’s magic nonetheless with a whole host of magic-related words in the English language. The magic of chocolate was present even today as we feasted while getting our books signed. Magical moment #2.

Then on to a Cinco de Mayo concert with the Capital City Symphony, where my good friend is the principal bass player. The second piece was El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla. A “brujo” is a magician or wizard. Thirteen segments with titles like The Apparition, Dance of Terror, and Dance of the Game of Love make up this piece. It could not have been better timed to constitute magical moment #3.

Now that I’m a true believer, I’m home again with the reality of a completed Maypole, piles of laundry, and another week about to begin. I’ll be looking for the next magical moment amidst the everyday routine that defines my life. Who knows where I’ll find it!


Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Spring is the season of magic! Especially here. The day was so perfect. Thank you!

G R E A T P I C S !!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Wow, THAT was fast! I just posted those photos! :)

Thanks again for hosting such a terrific event. I do feel like I've made some important new connections -- funny how all those interwoven maypole ribbons form a sort of World Wide Web!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Very cool event! You bring so many people together just with your adventurous, "Why not?" attitude towards life!
Were these just DC bloggers or did some come from a distance?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- Thanks for the inspiration and the expertise! I wonder how many times you have done that dance? For most of us it was a first!

Steve -- Yeah, it's funny how I feel a special connection to everyone who was here.

MOI -- People came from England, NY, NJ, and Ohio. Everyone else was from around here. I can't claim credit for the idea, just for offering my house!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

It sounds like a wonderful weekend. Definitely full of magic, however one defines it. It's lovely to read of it and to see the pictures.

10:02 PM  
Blogger media concepts said...

I dunno, blogger pagan rituals, mentions of Harry Potter....You might give us a bad name.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I hope you never stop blogging - reading here is such fun!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- Wonderful, but exhausting!

MC -- You can see why it was so much fun to be a pagan, right? Besides, don't we Bloggers already have a bad name? :)

Pauline -- I'm not ready to call it quits just yet! I'm sure I'll know when the time is right.

8:52 AM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful description of the party and steve's pics are terrific.

thank you (and d) for opening your home and hearts - it was a perfectly magical day!

the circle and web grow!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Mouse -- Hope you two had a fantastic day yesterday playing tourist in DC. Thanks for all your help with cooking, cleaning up, and chauffeuring. I just wish you lived closer so our quilting circles could intersect!

11:26 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

we all did good, didn't we?

twas magical.
and thank you so much.


9:22 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

It was a magical, wonderful experience from start to finish. The maypole was simply the icing on the cake. Thank you for hosting such a fabulous get together. I truly appreciate the effort and spirit that went into making this happen.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Lettuce -- We all did an exceptionally good job at Maypole dancing! It was a fun time together with old and new friends.

Gary -- It was great to finally meet Reya's Gary. Thank you for your generous gifts; I will enjoy them all. I look forward to our next meet-up!

10:18 PM  

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