Mother’s Day, Gods, Goddesses, Death

Mother’s Day was a funny event this year. First, I received the best gift of all—time with my son. A few hours yabbering and yakking.

The flipside to that gift was missing my mom. Instead of us spending time chatting, and most likely having a game of Scrabble, it was just me sitting there remembering her passing.

Mortality was in for another squeeze and it wasn’t until the next morning’s walk that the juicy creative side of my mind kicked in and put the giggle back in place.

Mid-walk it hit me and suddenly I was visualizing this oversized chrome-heavy hog gutting its way through the lanes of our park. I could almost taste the exhaust as it passed. The God of Mortality, decked out in full, well-worn leathers was driving and hanging onto him by one arm was the Grim Reaper. His other arm was using his scythe to snatch a body, here and there, from its mobile and mortal binds.

Ahh, but then I saw the Goddess of Eternity drafting the hog’s current. She was gently gathering the souls of the snatched into a Santa-style sack. The empty human bodies, bereft of life and soul, were drifting down like falling leaves to the curb.

Just imagine if it ever came to that? You dial a number and say “Curb pickup needed at number #138 please”  and just like how we set out wheelbarrows or bins of yard waste our mortal remains would be picked up by park management and carted off.

Really . . . think about it—each of us arrives and each of us leaves. Does the point of ‘how’ really matter?


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