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Today, instead of a sticky I have a picture of a shirt I made quite a few years ago, and have worn so many times that I can’t wear it out in public anymore. It’s graying, the little logo on the bottom is hard to read, and it’s got a hole in the shoulder. It’s been my comfort blanket on days that I knew would be bad and my victory cry when I hit Fie Eoin landmarks. It’s also one-of-a-kind, and everyone asks what it’s from (my favorite guess so far: it was from a family reunion, so all the distant relatives would know I was Aleda’s daughter :P)
In reality, the Daughters of Aleda are the priestesses of the Seven Tribes. I also had plans to make one that says “Warrior of Eoin” but I thought that might cause some peculiar questions if I wore it out. Or make people give me a wide berth 😉 In any case, all of the people of the Seven Tribes and the Faye Lands are “children of Aleda” since she is the Mother Goddess. But as I’m learning – and you along with me – Aleda was a real person. A mother. She worshiped her own Mother Goddess, Awena. She was scared and made mistakes and did whatever she could to save her children. She was deified because of it, but I think at some point all little kids think their mother is a goddess. I know I did. She knew everything, she could kiss away hurts, and when you made her proud it felt like the whole world was yours.
To the mothers out there, deified or not, thank you for being the first goddess any of us will ever know 🙂 Today I’m going to wear a shirt that says “Daughter of Jan”.