I received a hint (okay, a box of hints) that suggests my Piano Man and I should probably start planning the details of our handfasting…
My Gina—did I mention how much I adore that Witch?— went all traditionally motherly on me, and sent: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in [my] shoe,” a sprig of rosemary and rose petals, too ;-)
Something Old – Ammonites from Morocco
Something New – Black fabric with Poppies on it
Something Borrowed – Water from an underwater stream
Something Blue – Blue John Crystal from Treak Cliff Cavern
…a sprig of Rosemary and Rose petals from the heart of Gina’s garden
According to the lore, the old is for permanence, the new represents the couple’s (in our case, the trio’s) new journey as a family, the borrowed helps us remember that love and happiness are not a given (we must nurture it), and the blue stands for trust. There was no sixpence… I bet Gina figured out that it would be damn uncomfortable to walk around with something in my shoe. But she did add a few sprigs of rosemary and rose petals ;-)
I’ve taken all the items—everything but the fabric—and set them around my altar. See?
The poppy fabric waits patiently in a special compartment of my writing space. My imagination has been designing all kinds of pretties. See the little box? That is a Gina-made treasure, which I plan to fill with more treasures…
I’m enchanted by everything my beloved friend sent me, but the water (and the words that came with it) touched a special part of my soul. Gina wrote: “I class the water as ‘borrowed’ as it must always return to the earth and continue the cycle of life. It comes to you in its reincarnation, as it fell from the sky onto purest unspoiled earth, before filtering through to the cavern.” Can you spot the little bottle? It also sits in my altar area, next to the soil of a potted ivy plant… I can’t stop thinking, From the earth through love and for love.
My Piano Man and I are happy and excited… Thank you, my Gina, for setting the mood. The rose petals sweeten the planning… The rosemary reminds us how lucky we are to have one another.