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An Imbolc story part 2

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Brigit and Alex walk up to Old Man Maddog who is lying there

Brigit:
We’ve got to help him! He needs water!

Brigit pantomimes getting water from a sink and gives it to Old Man Maddog. Alex pantomimes starting a fire. Finally, Brigit brings Maddog some food.

Old Man Maddog:
Pesky children! I never did like children. Still, I suppose I ought to thank you.

Brigit:
That would be the nice thing to do.

Alex:
You know anything about a sacred well around here?

Old Man Maddog:
Sacred well, jingle bell! I don’t hold with your holy wells. The only well I know of is that old fallen in well in the woods, and it’s full of garbage!

Alex:
I guess we’d better go look for it. We’ll gather up some firewood for you before we go, and send our mom to look after you when we get home.

Old Man Maddog:
Don’t do me any favors.

Brigit and Alex start walking slowly around the circle.

Finally they left. I know, only a foolish old man would go out on a day like this but my curiosity just plain got the better of me. I had to know why they needed to see the broken down, garbage filled well.

Old Man Maddog starts following them. A 5 gallon bucket with garbage in it is placed in the middle of the circle.


Brigit:
Could THAT be the holy well?

Alex:
It doesn’t look much like one, but lets clear it out and see if we can find water.

Alex and Brigit clear the garbage out.

It’s starting to get dark. We’ll have to come back tomorrow with a shovel

Brigit:
At least we’ve started.

Brigit of the Holy Well: Steps forward.
You’ve done well. You’ve begun the work, and that is all anyone can do.

Brigit:
Is this your holy well?

Brigit of the Holy Well:
Yes, it is. A long time ago, the people of the town tended my well carefully, keeping it clean and dressing it with flowers in the spring. But now they have forgotten the way here, just as they have forgotten the law of kindness to strangers. Without the warmth of loving kindness, how can the days grow warm again? And when my clear springs are choked with dirt, how can the rains of spring fall?

Brigit:
We’ll remind them. We’ll bring everyone out here to finish cleaning up the well.

Alex:
I know a bunch of hippies at the skate park who’d come up and help. An we’ll keep an eye on Old Man Maddog too.

Brigit of the Holy Well: Smiles
Good. You have lit my fire and cleaned my well. And now I will tell you a secret. Inside the heart of every girl and boy is a holy well, filled with the waters of love and joy and new ideas. This is the well you must keep clean, because it can easily be choked by hatred and greed and selfishness. And inside of you is also a fire you must tend and feed and keep burning, so that you grow to be strong and wise and brave. Will you do that?

Brigit and Alex:
We’ll do our best.

Brigit:
And now will Spring come?

Brigit of the Holy Well:
Spring will come. Spring will come as soon as winter is over.

Old Man Maddog:
And it did.

End.

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