I’ve grown tired, after several years, of referring to my Witchlings as such instead of by a name so from now on I will use the following names for them. Lugh is my oldest and Loki is my youngest. For anyone who’s missed it Odin is my husband. Lugh’s preschool was really good at accommodating the fact that they had a nontraditional student and they didn’t make him feel left out during the holidays. His elementary school is a different story all together. It’s a public school but instead of a winter party or just general holiday party they do full out Christmas from mid-November until winter break. There were tons of Christian activities that we didn’t want our son participating in. We have enough trouble with his grandparents confusing him he doesn’t need bombarded with more conflicting information. I knew that, for the first time, they were making him feel different and weird. They made him feel like there was something wrong with HIM. I could tell he needed a sense of Pagan community but didn’t have a way to offer it to him at the time.
Many of you will know that I’ve recently had the opportunity to start going back to the U.U. that is closest to me. Our U.U. has a very high percentage of folks who identify as Pagan. This past Sunday Lugh and I attended the Litha service. The flower communion service began to give him a feeling of belonging but the Litha service was invaluable to him. When everyone in the room echoed “Blessed Be” Lugh lit up and turned to me. “Mommy, that’s the thing we say,” he beamed. Even though I told him that there would be other Pagans there that was what made it click for him that he wasn’t alone. He finally felt that sense of community that he needed. He wants to keep going to the Sunday services and he’s told me that he wants to go along to drumming circles as well.
The Litha service was wonderful. A circle of candles was lit. Offerings where left for the fae. We colored mandalas. All of which Lugh dug. Lugh also discovered that he likes Enya. The service reminded me to let the energy of the sun burn away all of the unwanted energies in my life.
I hope that we’ll be able to keep going both for him and myself. Odin has a job interview today and if he is successful it will make it hard if not impossible to keep going. It may be possible for me to take Odin to work so that I’ll have the car but I would need my mother to watch Loki while Lugh and I go. That could prove difficult. Loki is just too young and squirmy to go. They welcome children of all ages there but to keep Loki out of trouble I’d have to watch him in the children’s area which would mean Lugh and I would essentially be there but still miss the service. Hopefully the gods will help us make it all work out.