It’s Stuck to the Roof of My Mouth!
Today as I was packing a picnic lunch to take to community swimming pool…I realized I have become bougie! I actually began to laugh as I pulled out the cooler that was big to hold 2 bottles of wine and the sliced up meat, cheese and fruit for a portable charcuterie board. I thought to myself “when did I become this person?” As I continued to gather my sunscreen, sunhat and watershoes; I began to think back to when I was a kid. All we had was our bathing suits, a towel with a hole in it (my mama said we couldn’t use the hood towels cause we might lose them) $2 dollars for a couple of snow cones and a brown paper bag lunch. We were (as my memaw used to say) happier than a pig in slop!
“There weren’t always dragons in the valley” my sister Tisha mumbled under her breath. “Huh? Girl what are you talking about? And what does that have to do with me seeing actual fairies or whatever those little flying creatures were?!” “Maggie you remember growing up… mom would tell us stories about how the world is full if magic and that our family is a very important apart of that world. She told us that one day when we least expected it it would be shown us.” Tisha always believed in the fairytale world and I did too when were little kids but I’m 15 now and she is 11; we are getting a little old for those stories….so I thought. “Tisha I still don’t understand the dragon valley thing…. What does dragons flying in the valley have to do with magic or the things that I saw?” “Well Maggie if you remember correctly, mom told us that there’s always magic all around us. But we can’t see it, remember she said there could be dragons flying around us right now, but mankind has made us forget over the years where we came from. And all I’m saying now Maggie is that maybe it’s time for us to fulfill our destiny and really figure out where we came from and what part was supposed to play and discovering this magical world.” I just shook my head and laughed until Tisha that reminded me so much of mom. But what I could tell Tisha was that when mom died all the magic that I had in me died with her. My World went dark the day I found out our mother was gone. I love Tisha and I don’t wanna take the magic and light away from her so I continue indulge her fantasies.