|Persephone and Hades. Tondo of an Attic red-figured kylix, ca. 440-430 BC. Said to be from Vulci. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Persephone was the daughter of Demeter. When Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld, Demeter--goddess of agriculture--threatened to destroy all the trees and plants, and thus, all life, unless she got her daughter back. Because Persephone had eaten the fruit of the underworld, she couldn't leave it permanently, so she spends winter in the underworld with her husband and the rest of the year with her mother.
Let me clarify that a bit: For three months, she lives with her husband, gets to be queen, has a special jar of youthful beauty, gets to boss people around and decorate her kingdom the way she sees fit. For NINE months she lives with her mother and eats a lot of wheat products. Now, I do like me my gluten, but, you know, NINE months.
Clearly, every spring, Demeter and Persephone have a lot of relationship massaging they need to do, and, after a winter of being queen, it can't always be easy. Here's how they keep the peace. First of all, they never mention the Atkins diet. Persephone brought it up once and it was bad. Second, they respect each other's personal space. Persephone only uses Persephone's bathroom. Demeter never asks where Persephone is going--she is a grown woman for godsakes! Finally, they are both on Xanax. That REALLY helps. And, if those things fail, they both remember that winter is just a chilly breeze away.
Channel Persephone: when having mother problems, when feeling that different people expect too many different things from you, when time alone will bring you the peace you seek.
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