“Do you know a cure for me?”

Robert DanceWhy yes,” he said, “I know a cure for everything. Salt water.”

Salt water?” I asked him.

Yes,” he said, “in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.” 

Source: Karen Blixen, Seven Gothic Tales

Image:  Robert Dance

Inky:  When I am away from home, traveling, as I have been for the last year.  I tend to suffer in little ways, I eat allergy meds like candy because my sinuses act up, my heart is sluggish, and everything feels just slightly off kilter .

But as soon as I head over the bridge to home, my heart beat begins to regulate, my breathing grows easier, and no allergies.  I sleep deeply.  My lullaby, the soft sound of whippoorwills, the distant chug of a fishing boat, the gentle rush of waves, and the wind brushing through the tops of huge pine trees.

I’m convinced.  I need the sea.

Perhaps because I was a mermaid in a previous existence?  I choose to believe….

Listening to: Where do Broken Hearts Go, Whitney Houston  (One of my absolute favorites)

Mood/Doing: fanciful… I really want to go dancing, I really, really do…. my best friend and I use to dance the nights away….

4 thoughts on ““Do you know a cure for me?”

  1. Salt water was my father’s answer to all ailments. Gargle with it for sore throats, bathe scratches and cuts, etc. I like the further application of tears and sweat. And the ocean definitely heals in many ways. Mermaids are us. 🙂

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    1. The salt water cure was pretty popular around my house growing up as well. So were the stories of mermaids. My granddaughter insists we are descendants. A fact I’ve been called to school on. To which I replied at the teacher’s frustration, “can you prove we are not?” Followed by, “why put boundaries on a child’s imagination?”

      I was sent home unrepentant with a stern lecture ringing in my ears.

      When my granddaughter came home, she apologized for causing so much trouble. I told her that her imagination is going to be her very best friend her whole life, and to not let others but barriers around it! I also told her that sometimes others hem themselves in and don’t exercise what has been gifted to them.

      She seemed pretty satisfied. So around my house…. Mermaids, indeed are us!!!

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      1. I was speaking with my eldest earlier on about protecting children’s innocence while safe guarding them. How much information is too much information, shortening their childhood. We both agreed, on this her 26th birthday, that imagination is to be cherished and that fairies and otherworldly delights should be nurtured. We too soon can lose that innocence and adults should bear the responsibilty of safeguarding, not putting such responsilibilty on the young nor dismissing imagination. I’m glad you stood up for that right and sad that any adult questioned that ability children have and too few retain. Long live innocence and imagination.

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      2. I think it’s a comment on the world today, the loss of that innocence. Some parents are too interested in ‘preparing a child for the world’ that they forget to teach them to think outside of the box. If you take away a child’s imagination, you leave a two dimensional world around them.

        Okay I’m off my soap box now… 🙂

        Its wonderful to know of kindred spirits in this sterile world.

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