You know, we all have those moments that are the definition of parenting. Things like knowing that the cute furry ball of fur that your child brings home is so NOT going to be taken care of by your little one in the manner promised.
One such moment in my home is referred to as the Bamboo Lesson. What this refers to is the decision I made when I allowed my child to adopt a bamboo plant. How hard could it be to care for a plant that at best needs water and sun and a place to rest? Let the sighing begin.
You see, gentle reader, this was a lesson in empathy for my little girl. All things having essence of the Divine, all things alive, need some sort of care and recognition of their right to be and be cared about. In maintaining the environment of the bamboo, the lesson would entail understanding how we all take care of the Earth and each other.
However, as time passes, so does the interest of a young child. And there the bamboo sat on the corner of the kitchen sink. Next to it would soon rest a forgotten apple from a lunch box. Somehow, the little apple would wind up in the same glass as the bamboo. Both forgotten.
But then, something amazing happened. As both plants sat there, they formed a relationship. The dying apple began to decay, and in so doing, began to feed the bamboo roots. The bamboo, thirsty, drank the apples juices and so kept it from rotting in an obvious fashion. It actually began to look mummified.
Bamboo is a resilient plant. Apple is a fruit of the Summerland http://magickcircle.forumotion.com/t655-the-summerland and of the dead. What a Mystery lesson. Determination to live on the part of the bamboo, and the cycle of life, death, and service for rebirth of energy for the apple. The forgotten became the exalted in an example of the Mystery of Life.
When we discussed this, the vampire bamboo as she called it, she immediately understood where she had faltered in her responsibility. She also noticed how nature stepped in when we stepped out of the cycle. This lesson would not be forgotten. Though the furry little feline still is a challenge to be taken care of quite as much as promised. (smiles)
How often do we get such a wonderful teaching moment in the kitchen? Or in the parlor? What Mystery has revealed itself to you today? Spend some time today and be with a child under or near your own bamboo tree.
For lessons for your Pagan Child, go to http://www.moondragon.org/pagan/ppptales.html,
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