My daughter was very close to my sister. Until she got sick, my sister always spoiled her beyond spoiling. On Halloween, a pumpkin filled with my daughter's favorite candy, video games, DVDs, one time a Nintendo Game Boy. On Christmas, a heap of presents that spread across the entire living room floor. Easter, a laundry basket of white chocolate rabbits and jelly beans and more DVDs and video games. My sister loved spoiling her.
In the dream my daughter told me about, my sister came to her. Played games with her, "just like old times," my daughter said. It was almost as if my sister wanted to have one final time to spoil my daughter. I could tell this dream made my daughter really happy.
In Ireland, the Celtic holiday of Samhain was the predecessor to modern Halloween. Samhain was a time when the threshold between the real world and spirit world was easier to cross. The souls of dead relatives were able to return to their former homes, seeking hospitality. Feasts were held, with place settings for the dearly departed. It was a festival of life and death.
Maybe there was a little Samhain in my daughter's dream last week. My sister returning home to have a little party with her.
That gives Saint Marty a little comfort.
(The Celtic Halloween)
by: Annie Finch
In the season leaves should love,
since it gives them leave to move
through the wind, towards the ground
they were watching while they hung,
legend says there is a seam
stitching darkness like a name.
Now when dying grasses veil
earth from the sky in one last pale
wave, as autumn dies to bring
winter back, and then the spring,
we who die ourselves can peel
back another kind of veil
that hangs among us like thick smoke.
Tonight at last I feel it shake.
I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.
I move my hand and feel a touch
move with me, and when I brush
my own mind across another,
I am with my mother's mother.
Sure as footsteps in my waiting
self, I find her, and she brings
arms that carry answers for me,
intimate, a waiting bounty.
"Carry me." She leaves this trail
through a shudder of the veil,
and leaves, like amber where she stays,a gift for her perpetual gaze.