My Nana had a mole at the base of her throat. It was quite a decent sized one, so curiosity took over and I reached out to touch it one day. I asked her what it was and fretted about whether she would be alright. I mean, could it kill her?
But, Nana told me not to worry.
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My inability to cross running water without a good public tantrum seemed to be proof of this, or at least that’s what Nana said. The Mither agreed, jokingly. Only, I was small then and I didn’t know about sarcasm. I only knew I wanted to go to school at Miss Cackle’s posh academy because I too had untied laces, long messy hair, and the inability to get things right. I also wanted a cat and I knew any broomstick of mine would probably become worse for wear too. So, I was quite happy to find out that I came from a long line of witches.
After that, I felt something was missing because I didn’t have my own spell book. So, I took out all my felt tipped pens and designed a spell book on the front cover of a family bible. The stars and the wiggly ‘magic’ lines looked great. And, I wrote ‘SPELLS’ in capital letters just so everyone would know the book had a new purpose.
Today, I have a new favourite book to read about witches and Scottish witch lore – F. Marian McNeill’s ‘The Silver Bough: Vol. 1 Scottish Folk-lore and Folk-Belief‘. It’s the perfect thing to while away a few hours on a drizzly Saturday afternoon.