Going back in time (don’t worry, it’s easier than you think), we will begin this post with a re-telling of what happened here late last night…….
Text exchange between me and my son:
Him ~ Huh. For no apparent reason my SGT just gave me Sunday and Monday off. That was weird.
Me ~ Wow. That is SUPER weird. Hey! Come to Granny’s for dinner with us.
Him ~ Okay.
Me ~ Yipee! We’re grilling chicken and looking at vacation pictures on the computer. Bring something. I can’t think of what so don’t ask me.
Him ~ Copy, “something.”
Me ~ To go with chicken. Or not.
Him ~ Three blueberries and a towel.
Him ~ A chair.
Him ~ A bag of old leaves.
Him ~ Seven expired coupons.
Him ~ Some ants.
Him ~ Eleven unmatched socks.
Him ~ Are any of these the things I should bring? If not, I can keep guessing.
(At this point I am madly punching at my phone and making a million typing errors because it keeps beeping with the following other GREAT ideas of his.)
Him ~ Three horseshoes.
Him ~ A cat.
Him ~ A telephone handset.
Him ~ A copy of Robert’s Rules Of Order.
Him ~ A sack of miscellaneous batteries.
Him ~ One thumbtack.
Him ~ Closer?
Me ~ STOP! Bring a food item of your choice. Like a dessert, side dish, or hors d’oeuvre type of selection. Jeez. You KNEW this and pestered me ANYway.
Why is irritating me STILL his favorite hobby? I can’t imagine WANTING to piss someone off, as amusement. But then, I’m not a boy. (For the rest of the night they kept coming in. ”A tablecloth. Four matched lamps….
Continuing our theme of food (we were, right?) look at what Dan made for me today while I pedaled down to our favorite natural food market, shopping for just a few assorted necessaries (like more apples, because we eat them A LOT now).
We’d picked up this cabbage before we left for the weekend. Time simply ran out for us to make something with it, but it’s the kind of sturdy crop that keeps well. So I wasn’t too worried. I’d read this article (yes, it WAS written by my kid) and was inspired. (I also remembered that I really like cabbage.)
He left me some raw so I could use it in our salads too. Very clever, we are, with food right now. I’m pretty damn proud of us. Which, how funny, is exactly what our daily draw is all about.
“Moose ~ Self-Esteem ~ 11
Moose is found in the North of the medicine wheel, as is Buffalo. North represents the place of wisdom. Self-esteem is the medicine of Moose because it represents the power of recognizing that wisdom has been used in a situation and that recognition or a pat on the back is deserved.
Moose is the largest member of the deer family, and has great strength. The call of the male Moose is an awesome thing to hear on a musky spring night. His pride in his maleness and his desire to share his seed with a Moose cow are displays of his sense of self-esteem. The bellow of a male Moose can be viewed as a positive force, since it represents his willingness to ‘tell the world’ about his feelings.
This ‘tell the world’ trait contains a joyfulness which only comes with a sense of accomplishment. There is no greater joy than a job well done. This trait is therefore not a seeking of approval, but rather an enjoyment of sharing because of the spontaneous explosion of joy that comes from the deepest part of one’s being.
The wisdom woven throughout this scenario is that creation constantly brings forth new ideas and further creation. Moose is telling us that joy should be shouted with pride. The wisdom in doing this shouting is that the joy is ‘catching.’ In a sense, the bellowing is a way for all of us to lighten up and give ourselves or each other a ‘well done!’
Moose medicine people have the ability to know when to use the gentleness of Deer and when to activate the stampede of Buffalo. They understand that balance between giving orders to get things done and having a willingness to do things themselves. The wisdom of Moose medicine is akin to the Grandfather Warrior who has long since put away his war paint and is now advising the young buck to cool their blood.
Moose medicine is often found in elders who have walked the Good Red Road and have seen many things in their Earth Walk. Their joy lies in being the teachers of the children, and in being the first ones to give encouragement. This is not to say that Moose medicine people do not use their wisdom to warn as well as to give pause, because they do. Moose medicine people know what to say, when to say it, and to whom.
The elders are honored in tribal law for the gifts of wisdom, for their teaching abilities, and for the calmness they impart in Council. If you are wise beyond your years and have the gift of Moose medicine, use this gift to encourage others to learn and grow. There are many facets to the wisdom of Moose medicine.
If you have chosen the Moose card, you have reason to feel good about something you have accomplished on your journey. This may be a habit you have broken, a completion of some sort, an insight on a goal, or a new sense of self that you have fought hard to earn. It is a time of feeling harmonious pride, and of recognizing those who aided you in this process.
One good exercise in Moose medicine is to write down things that you can love about yourself and your progress in life. Then apply these same things to friends, family, co-workers, and life. Don’t forget to share the feelings with others. They need the encouragement as much as you do.”
Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke
No FLP Report today, instead you get a view of what my errand ride looked like.