Last week, I learned the craft of magically fusing one piece of metal to another. I had read tales of men who transform even the mundane of substances into gold, skittles, unicorns and the like but the act of welding always held my attention fast. DU is a master of the welds so it was with great interest did I approach the work bench and his outstretched, gloved hand, holding the heated gun. The helmet placed upon my oddly shaped dome blocked all light, shrouding me in darkness until the blaze of molten steel burned through the black. When it was my turn, I pressed the petal with stagnant intent, holding it there until I could not handle the heat a moment longer. I made miniature, swooping circles, acting as the Midas of welding, where there were two pieces of metal, now one.
Last Christmas, I wasn't the most financially stable huntress. I couldn't afford presents for those I loved and it killed me inside as there is nothing I love more than making those around me happy, even if it is with a BACON IS A VEGETABLE t-shirt. So, the holidays came, then went, along with their ceasing came my mother. She wanted to treat us to a beautiful engagement dinner to celebrate the union that didn't even have a date yet. We went to a new place in the downtown center of the small southern town we call home. As fate would have it, the food was delicious, the owners were accommodating and the ballroom upstairs was indescribable; just like that, we had our wedding day.
Later, DU and I visited the fabled Ale House in order to talk to the owner about menus, guests and all things October 6th, 2012. His wife and co-owner was running around like crazy, a busy lunch rush turning her otherwise peaceful afternoon into one of disarray. I inquired if they needed any help, simply because I needed the money and I was bored to tears spending hour after hour at home. Again, as fate would have it, they did need help, namely, entertaining help, help that makes their small restaurant the one to visit; just like that, I had a purpose.
A Bearer of Old Lore.. with Armed Bear
I've heard my whole life that my granddad, a first-generation American Irishman, was a natural born storyteller. "Seanchai", or a traditional Irish Storyteller, is a term that was coined prior to the Irish-Language spelling reform of 1948. The old term means "bearer of old lore". These bearers of Irish culture and tradition were important in the days of yore when there was no Celtic written language because the tellers of tales were the only ones who preserved their history. My granddad's people were from the county Mayo in Ireland. The patriarch of our clan had clear, blue eyes, dark hair, and, of course, freckles.
It seems that my granddad passed more than just my complexion, iris hue and follicle pigment when I came into the world. I've realized that telling stories is what I do, from the words collected in this blog to the outlandish tales I recite to anyone who cares to listen. Sure, the details may be off, amplified, shrunk, or deleted all together but the fable as a whole, always entertaining. I asked myself before taking my new job if I really saw myself waiting tables again at 25***, a profession I haven't delved into since high school. It was only when I realized that it was my Irish storyteller persona yearning to break free, to share my tales of woe and adventure, to entertain as my granddad did, that the job seemed perfectly suited to this lass.
*Note: No actual crows were harmed in the making of this video, if you believe that stuffed animals don't come to life in the middle of the night, that is....
** A big thank you to Stelios who was so gracious during the entire interview process! The language barrier was difficult to surpass but we made the best of it! I look forward to receiving my own copy, taking it to the language department of the nearest university and getting it translated!
*** I'm still open to taking writing jobs from the outdoor world!! This hasn't taken me off the market in terms of my dream to write (then, hopefully, get paid for) about hunting. Hence, please continue to let me know about potential job opportunities!