Goddess of the week: Demeter

I totally need a goddess. My lovely daughter--who has the purest heart of anyone I've ever known--is facing some ugly discrimination because of her disabilities. She actually does not know it, and I will never tell her, but it is breaking my heart. I cried all afternoon yesterday. I need Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest.

You may know Demeter's story. Here's the recap. Demeter's daughter, Persephone, was stolen from her by her brother, Hades, who wanted to make Persephone his wife. Demeter went crazy looking for Persephone, and when she found out what that jerk Hades did she went immediately to her other brother, Zeus, who was king of the gods. But guess this! Zeus was in on the whole thing! He told Hades that he could take Persephone.

Well, Demeter would not put up with the bullshit. Unlike me, she did not cry all afternoon. Demeter said, "Fuck you, Zeus. You want to mess with me. Ha! Big mistake."

Demeter thought to herself, "What does Zeus love more than anything? Being worshipped! If he takes what I love, then I will take what he loves."

As goddess of the harvest, she went down to earth and made all the plant life begin to wither and die, knowing that if there was no food, then the people--the wee little worshippers--would wither and die too. All the time she was thinking, "Fuck you, you assholes Zeus and Hades. Don't you fucking mess with me." (Secretly, because she wasn't a total bitch, she went and tried to teach people how to store their harvest so they might survive.)

Zeus, who was all about external validation, was, like, "Damn it, Demeter! What's the fun in being a god if you're just with a bunch of other gods who don't even think you are all that awesome and who don't even listen to you half the time."

Demeter said, "Fuck you! You brought this upon yourself. Give me my daughter or your little people die!"

So Zeus was all, "Fine, you crazy bitch."

Too bad though. Persephone had eaten the food of the underworld so was forever tied to it. But she'd only eaten enough to make her tied to it for three months, and that's when we have winter and everything dies as a reminder that Demeter can take it all away anytime she damn well pleases so do not fucking mess with her. The rest of the year, Persephone gets to be with Demeter,
and Demeter does her verdant mother nature thing.

The point of the story is: When people mess with your kids, you are allowed one afternoon to cry. Then you have to go all fucking crazy lady because there is nothing people fear more than a fucking crazy lady.

Channel this goddess: When you have got to go total Mama Lion, when people mess with your kids, when the only power you have is your crazy.

Need a goddess: I've got boatloads! Leave a comment explaining what you need or want a goddess for. Then check back in a week or so and see what you've got! It's fun! It's free! It probably won't involve this much swearing, unless you want it too. 


Rois said...

Oh dear it must have been really bad ,I don't think I have ever seen the F-bomb on your blog before.

Go get em' Mama! Let your inner bitch out.Let's hear you roar!

Susan Campisi said...

Go, Margaret! Some situations just call for unleashing the crazy lady, and clearly this is one of them. Your daughter is lucky to have such a bad-ass warrior Mama looking out for her.

Jean Spitzer said...

Be strong in defense of your child.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Nothing like someone messing with your kid to bring out the crazy mom-lady. Sorry to hear that your girl isn't being respected, glad she doesn't know, and proud of you for taking a stand!

Daisy said...

I'm sorry your daughter and you are suffering this. Are there any allies you can team up with? Can the tormentors be educated?

I don't think you are a crazy mom, but a caring mom who needs to protect her child. How to do that in a way that doesn't give you an ulcer!?

Thoughts and support and prayers going your way.

Bec said...

Sorry to hear what's happening - love this goddess! I know you'll figure the next course of action.

Addey said...

Don't piss off the momma with the big vocabulary who can go crazy on you in all kinds of ways! It sucks when the urge to beat people senseless to protect/help our most loved ones who all too often can't stick up for themselves rears its ugly head. I think every parent (and pet parent) has to turn into crazy bitch mom at some point. I just hope this passes quickly and with as little damage to you and yours.

Ms M said...

Well said/written!!
People can be so cruel sometimes. And sometimes those people need their asses kicked -- hard.

altadenahiker said...

Oh, when Margaret brings out the Fuck, the Double Fuck, the Triple Fuck, we know we're in serious territory.

You've got an army out here. Let us know if there's anything we can do, write, say, email. Really.

dcr said...

i spent most of my daughters' elementary and middle school years fighting for them. you go for it!

i hate to be the only one to ask, but do you have a goddess that can help with my procrastinating ways?

best of luck and THANKS!

TheChieftess said...

She's lucky she has mom in her corner...

Cathy Perlmutter said...

Crochet with rage, a big honkin angry red lantern with green Medusa hair to light the way to justice.

Oh, that's what you did! And it's great!

Margaret said...

Thanks all for you supportive comments. It has been a hard week, but I made a Kiva loan to balance out the negativity of the haters and I'm feeling better.

Diane: You bet I can get you a goddess for procrastination. Check next week! Thanks for asking.

Laurie said...

Just stopped by because I miss you and saw this. Sending fellow Demeter ass-kicking mommy power your way. Let me know if you need to vent, plan, cast a spell, you name it. Xoxo

Alison said...

Crying then venting is good for the soul...now you can concentrate on fighting her corner!!
Alison xx