(For those unfamiliar with J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter, a person may cast a Charm or spell that produces an embodied Patronus, a guardian that generally takes the shape of the animal with whom the person shares the deepest affinity. The Patronus repels Dementors, bodiless creatures which suck joy and the soul out of their victims. In order for this difficult spell to work, one must rely on one’s strongest and happiest memory.)
What’s your happiest memory? What gave you the most joy, the most hope?
Maybe it was the first time you fell in love
Or the last and final time, that time you met the person you ended up spending the rest of your life with
Or maybe it was the Harvest Moon that fall of your senior year
Or the lenticular cloud
Or the sky that was blue forever
That kid in the 7-11 said you were beautiful and meant it
Or they threw you a surprise party and you really were surprised
A kiss; that kiss – you remember
Learning to tie a shoe
Or make a pie crust
Or finally singing the whole of Beethoven’s 9th
Sitting in church as the light streams through the stained glass and tearing up for no reason
The Cubs this year
Mandela and the Dalai Lama
Pope Francis speaking truth to power
Getting sober, maybe
Or getting well
Five years cancer free
Peace with hilarity might be best.
To have something, someone that dispels all that’s demented
Well, if I had one wish, maybe that would be it
2 thoughts on “Casting the patronus”
I was just thinking about a few of those happy moments this morning.
Wonderful! So appropriate for this day. Thank you. And I do hope you’ve read Martin Marten by our favorite local author!