Yesterday, I had the crazy idea to go look up Shu, to see if he wouldn’t like to take a little trip to China to give my friend, Canadian Travelbugs a hand with her smog problem. Having to deal daily with two Egyptian Goddesses should have warned me about asking favors from the Gods. Alas…
Shu is really a nice guy as Gods go. A primordial God in fact, so closer in age to Chronos than to Zeus. He’s also much more pleasant than Chronos in my opinion…he never tried to eat his own children, but in fact is the peace-keeping element between his son Geb (Earth) and his daughter Nut (Sky). His wife can be trying at times, she’s Tefnut (Moisture) and when they get into an argument, well, let’s just say all heaven breaks loose.
“Hello Shu!” I said when I saw him sitting in the garden reading the Daily Mail. “How are you doing this fine day?”
“Oh fine, fine…you’re Georgia aren’t you. Bastet’s mortal?” the little old God smiled benignly at me as he asked this. He wore the typical little mini skirt of the ancient Egyptians and an ostrich feather in his white hair, he’s an elegant elderly gentleman in all senses.
“Yes, I write for Bastet and Sekhmet on their WordPress blogs. Which reminds me, for WDBWP’s Pixelventures last week, I asked my readers to photograph wind…”
“Photograph wind? I know you’ve been doing some extraordinary things down there on Earth, but photograph wind?”
“Well, actually one can’t photograph the wind…”
“I should think not!” he interrupted me again.
“Well, anyway, what I’m asking for is signs of the wind, like leaves flying or trees bent under the wind. However, one of our readers is really in need of a good blow to clean up her city, and maybe to get a proper photograph too.”
“Oh? And where would that be?”
“In China, Shanghai to be exact. Do you think you could maybe send them a bit of a western wind, maybe a south-western wind?”
“Well now, people haven’t asked me for any favors in ages!” he sounded really pleased. “I’ll send you a stiff western-south-western wind. Seen that Tefnut has been visiting a lot with Geb recently…I’ll send her on her way too whilst I’m at it, unless she’s disguising herself as a cat again, that’s where those youngster’s Sekhmet and Bastet picked up the trick by the way.” he said chuckling and gave me a wink.
I really should have listened more carefully to what he was saying. In fact he sent me the wind I’d hoped he’d send to my friend in China!
Here the wind has been so strong, that the trees bend double (the more rigid ones breaking of course), the electric lines have fallen in different parts of our area and, worse of all, it keeps blowing out our gas furnace’s pilot light, not dangerous of course because the gas shuts off, but no hot water or heating!
My husband was wanting his morning shower and it kept cutting off, it was very irritating. However, remembering myconversation with Shu, I decided to try to take a photograph of the wind. I pulled out my camera and at that point it died down, nary a breeze for nearly half an hour. Shu doesn’t like to have his picture taken.
N.B. I hope no one in the North Eastern Italy reads this blog today or I’ll be in a pickle! I’m still writing my blog on my net book. The electricity keeps going off at odd intervals, which would be very bad for my main computer. The modem shuts down too when the lights go off. In fact in Italy, unlike the United States, Internet doesn’t come through the air, but through the old phone lines…ADSL and everyone has their own modem that is of course fed by the electric grid. So, no electricity, no Internet! I did try to appeal to Sekhmet, but she just looked at me and said: “Serves you right!” and flounced off. Sigh. I really should mind my own business I guess. 😉
By the way, I’m adding a new category and will move all the Bastet and Sekhmet stories into it…it’s called At The Akashic Library.