Paper Lanterns

Posted by – April 29, 2006

Someone recently wrote to me to thank me for a piece I’d posted on the boards, so I thought I’d share it here for those of you who are not board readers:

sometimes life is about understanding your own mythology, your own story. at different times in your life those stories change. from warrior to princess to wizard to crone. & i don’t think there’s any harm in seeing those stories, or of taking a lot of painful things – like the death of a son, or transness itself – and translating those things into something comprehensible for yourself, something that gives your life meaning, and maybe even purpose.

some people are practical-minded and only want to count the beans. others find more meaning in going a little hungry and burying a few to see if something grows.

i just think, sometimes, that we are too demanding that people always see the harsh, bare bulb of fact. life is hard enough. sometimes we’re all a little blanche debois, and want the paper lantern.

3 Comments on Paper Lanterns

  1. michelleAZ says:

    Beautifully said, thank you Helen. Your timing is impeccable

  2. lizzy says:

    oh yes please I need a lot of paper lanterns just now.

  3. Marlena Dahlstrom says:

    Likewise, to quote from a wise person I know: “It makes sense to tell a kid that a Superman costume won’t make him fly. [Especially if he's near a window.] But if all he wants to do is lay on the upright bit of the couch with his Superman costume on and insist he’s flying…”

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