Lately the air has turned chill, and the last few days the wind has been blowing a bit wild. There is a definite bite to it.
The cats picked up on the seasonal change immediately. They've been running wildly through the garden and bushes, up and down the trees, and throughout the house in the middle of the night. They've been climbing up the bookshelves, knocking things off, and chasing each other across our beds while we sleep. When they woke me that first night, I wondered what had gotten into them. But the next day it was obvious to everyone.
The wind has gotten inside them.
This same wind, the one that takes gentle cats and turns them into demons possessed, seems to have also gotten into my children. Not one of them could sit still the last few days. They were looking for reasons to argue with each other, with me, even with themselves. I was bewildered by their change in behavior until I looked at the calendar and realized that it was the end of September already.
The wind, the sudden bite in the air, Michaelmas... it all adds up.
After much dragon-like ado this week, Friday we settled back down to our normal routines. Then in the afternoon I told them a story, and we made dragon bread. Everyone worked with such care and creativity on their breads, shaping their dragons just so. I think these are the loveliest dragons yet-- so different from each other.
And that's how it should be. We each have our own dragons, our own short-comings, our own temperaments. And when they get the best of us, we have to slay them. Only then can our true selves, our golden goodness shine through.
The first picture below shows all five dragons, while the second picture shows just the kids' dragons. The last picture is after baking.
The main lesson work this week was perfect for Michaelmas. I wish I could say I planned it that way, but it was all sheer coincidence. Sunburst learned about the reformation and how Martin Luther stood up to the wicked pope Leo X. Moonshine finished the tale of the Ramayana and Rama's fight against Ravana and his league of demon warriors-- very much like dragons themselves. Kitty Bill's story was much more mild. He heard the story of Mother Holle, a perfect example of two types of behavior. I love that the second sister started out with good intentions-- I will work hard! But even by the second day those intentions were overcome by her own laziness. Who can't relate to that?!
Kitty Bill helped me make the golden rice, a regular tradition for Michaelmas-- rice cooked with turmeric. With Einstein's help in the kitchen, Moonshine treated us to a mesmerizing Indian-themed meal of Chana Masala and a variation of Korma that she called Hanuman's Delight. One taste and we could all see that it was aptly named; it was so delicious!
Now that the weather has had a few days to work within our spirits, the cats seem to be quieting down. I hope the children aren't too far behind.