Seventh Day of the Seventh Month

Written by on July 7, 2006 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Today is my mother’s birthday. Well, not really. She never knew what day she was actually born. Her step-father had chosen December 25th for some special sigificance or reason to him – not Christmas, and she had celebrated that day as her birthday throughout my childhood. But somewhere in later years, when I was a young adult, I remember my mom talking about wanting to pick a different day, a day that had special signficance to her, one that wasn’t chosen by her father or buried under another holiday.

There is an ancient legend about a celestial maiden and a shepherd boy who fall in love. Of course, it’s a sad story filled with longing and momentary happiness, which ends in heartache. My mother loved it. July 7th, was the one night for the two doomed lovers to meet, year after year, and it was this date that my mother chose to represent the beginning of her life.

Many years later and after her death, as a part of a releasing and healing ritual, I rewrote the story and gave it a more empowering message. Writing that story, releasing it to the universe by sending it off to like minded publisher in terms of values and mission, not only played a major part in my own healing, but opened the doors to actually getting another story published, but that’s another post.

Today I think about my mom and the story she loved so much, the story that seemed to reflect the underlying theme of her life. Maybe tonight I’ll take out my rewrite. Maybe I’ll light a candle or two, and read the story out loud to my daughter and to my nephew, who I’ll be having this weekend. Maybe we’ll get out her photographs and remember…and I will share with the kids stories of her, so that they may remember when they get older, someone they never met and the daughter who loved her.

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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