My mother use to say this verse to us the night before our birthdays. I’ll never forget the feeling I got calling her up to ask how it went, so that I could share it with my own daughter.
Now the kids anticipate it and often remind me of how many kisses they will get on their birthdays for a few days in advance.
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be ** years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be ** years old.
** kisses when I wake,
** candles on my cake.
How did this little one get to be 5 years old already?
I love this child.
Continue reading “5th Birthday at the Lagoon”
Mabon is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas/Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.
Falls around September 21st -the Autumnal Equinox
Simple Mabon Rites with children
One great way to celebrate Autumn is with a trip to a local farm. This time of year many have apple picking, hay rides and even cider making. Once you get your fresh picked apples home, try making some baked apples, apple butter, apple sauce or pie!
Participating in a local food drive (or hosting one) is a great way to share in the abundance of harvest and to give back. Also volunteering with a soup kitchen is a great way to get involved.
Take this time also to clear out what you no longer need. Go through the closets and cupboards and fill a box with trash and anther with items to sell or donate.
Get the family outdoors together. Hikes, scavenger hunts or even just a trip to the local park are great ways to experience the changing season and enjoy nature.
Giving thanks for the abundance in our lives is another great way to celebrate this season. Depending on your families religious beliefs, say a prayer of gratitude to your god, the universe, or even just those people, animals and plants that make your life possible.
Sept 21st is International Day of Peace
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