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Michelangelo's Jehovah with fingers crossedMaryanne had lots of friends at school. She had a great sense of humour, which she put to good use Maryanne had lots of friends at school. She had a great sense of humour, which she put to good use telling jokes about other kids and teachers.

One day, during break she noticed one of the boys in her class, Daniel, sitting by himself looking very miserable. She didn’t know him very well, even though he lived in the house next door.

Later that day, having walked home from school she went into the kitchen and made herself a toasted cheese sandwich that she took with her into the backyard to eat in the warmth of the late afternoon sun.

Hearing a strange snuffling sound she stood on tiptoe and peered over the fence into the neighbour’s yard. What she saw was Daniel sobbing softly to himself as he sat on the swing his dad had made for him for his seventh birthday.

“What’s the matter?” Maryanne asked.

Daniel was startled out of his misery by her voice. He jumped to his feet as if caught in the act of doing something wrong.

“Leave me alone,” he said to Maryanne, putting on his gruffest voice, which wasn’t very gruff at all, under the circumstances.

Maryanne, however, wasn’t a person to be thwarted in her purpose. Five minutes later she was over the fence and in next door’s yard, applying all her skills to persuading Daniel to tell her why he was so upset. It took more time and persuasion than she had bargained for. But with her glib tongue and instinctive understanding of human psychology, she brought him to the point where he felt he wanted to share his pain with another, even a girl at that.

“You can’t tell anyone,” he said, “it’s a secret between me and mum”.

“Course I won’t tell,” she said with just the right amount of indignity.”

“Swear?” said Daniel.

“Yeah OK,” she responded, “I swear on my life I won’t tell anyone.”

So Daniel told Marianne the secret, which was that his mother had a problem with alcohol and his father was intending to divorce her. Of course, within a few days it was no longer a secret, but instead a source of great amusement among the kids at school. Whenever they saw him, they’d tilt their heads back and make glugging sounds as if drinking from a bottle. Maryanne felt a few twinges of guilt here and there but otherwise went about her business of being one of the most popular kids in school.

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Faycin A Croud said...

AS something of an armchair theologist, I think that this is what people tend to forget. Jehovah/Yahweh is a Judeo-Christian deity. A small local God, if you will. In that capacity I can respect him somewhat better. I don't like this worldwide mega-god and his mega-churches churning out Michele Bachmann intolerants who would gladly burn others at the stake if it were only legal.
That bitch Marianne got what she deserved, by the way. I've known a few Mariannes in my time.

masterymistery said...

Hi Faycin, from Plato we get the concept of "demiurge" -- a creator but not THE CREATOR, a sub-contractor if you will!

In the interests of "well-roundedness" I tried to give Maryanne some redeeming qualities, eg she does feel bad about her actions, but yes she does have an enormously negative impact on Daniel.

Thanks for stopping by.



Faycin A Croud said...

I think many are under the sway of the Demiurge. We may even be its progeny. Certainly would make sense, as awful as things sometimes are.

masterymistery said...

Progeny of gods, a fascinating topic: somewhere in the Bible, old testament I think, there is apparently a reference to the times "...when angels knew the daughters of men..."

I say "apparently" because I haven't bothered to check it out for myself (shows how energised I am by things that fascinate me).

Or maybe it was one of those semi-gospels that didn't quite make it into the canon... Book of Enoch, or something,

Nah I'm probably mixing it up with something else

For about two years now I've had a couple lines in my head of a poem I may or may not get around to writing,

... da da da da da da da da

in those ancient times 'twas when

angels knew the daughters of men

and the seas rose up to meet the sky

mountainous waters one hundred miles high

etc etc

one day, maybe