Slowly I'm preparing the transition from this home to our new one. In a month and a half we will move away from the only home that Ky has ever had. Part of this change will be to process stages that he has passed through here, although the process will probably be more for me than him. I don't move very easily. I have felt ready for this change for months now so I am more optimistic than usual about packing, cleaning and culling but I feel the need to mark occasions that we've had here and leave physical evidence of our family's growth over the last 2 years.
When Ky was six months old I created a naming ritual for him. In that ritual I made a rosemary wreath tied with a silver bell to hang in his room. Many moons before his birth I read in a ritual book that I didn't own and I've long forgotten the title to about a rosemary wreath being dedicated to a child at six months of age and hung over or near their bed. This wreath was supposed to deter naughty fairies from influencing the baby in a negative way. In my research for creating a fairy garden I found that rosemary repels fairies.
Since Ky is now two and a half I think he is strong enough in spirit to move beyond the initial sentiment in the wreath. It represents his babyhood and with each day he becomes more and more a little boy and the baby in him fades into memory. With that I decided to bury the wreath in the garden here rather than take it with us to our new home. New energies await us there and it seemed fitting to keep his babyhood here where he was born and where he grew from a newborn to a toddler.
The wreath now rests in the soil near the primroses, hosta and lily of the valley. Soon it will break down and feed the soil there. The process of letting go has begun here in the earth....a little at a time.
On a side note Happy Canada Day to all Canadians and Happy Fourth of July to those of you from the U.S. I hope you all have great long weekends of celebrations.