Monday, March 4, 2013

Do you believe in magic?

Posted on Facebook by the remarkable Mr. Finch.
 
This tiny shoe was found in 1835 by a farmer on a remote sheep trail on the Beara Peninsula in Ireland. It measures 2&7/8" long and 7/8" at its widest.It is black and shows wear at the heel. The farmer gave the shoe to the local doctor, and eventually it was passed to the Somerville family. It was reportedly examined by scientists at Harvard University and found to have tiny hand stitches, well-crafted eyelets, and appeared to be made of mouse skin.

Makes you think doesnt it!
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It certainly makes ME think.  Just when the noise and window-rattling sonic booms of ordinary life tell us there IS NO MAGIC left in the world, someone appears to say, "Not so fast.  What about this?"

To believe in magic, we don't need anything more than the suggestion, the possibility, a finger pointed toward that which is unlikely and rare.  Proof is not required, hope is enough.  Would one of you like to start knitting some tiny socks?

16 comments:

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Shoes from the feet of the 'wee people', the 'fairies',and the leprachauns! That is some magic that I can believe in!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kerry - Exactly what I thought. xo

Lisa H said...

Funny, I just got a stern lecture from a serious student of shamanism about hanging out with Pixies who, apparently have a much darker side than our story books would lead us to believe....now THIS??!!!....it would seem that the data is coming in from SOMEWHERE. So much for my withering cynicism. .....POOF!

Donna B. said...

Gotta be Fairies, Leprachauns, Gnomes or someone's baby doll....

I prefer to believe in magic. I have always believed in Fairies.

Have my sister in NV spending the week with me...color me SO HAPPY!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Lisa - I think there are as many theories about pixies, fairies (or faeries), elves, etc., as there are people who hold them. Stern lectures about what may or may not be mythical creatures seem not to have the spirit of what I think of as magic at heart. But I could be wrong. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Donna - Hello, my friend. I very much prefer to believe in magic. So many impossible things happen, how can we not? And I wish you and Holly the most magically wonderful time together this week. Oh, yes. Happy all around. xo

Radish King said...

love love love this.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rebecca - Pure SQUEEE, a secret from the magic inner circle. xo

Erin in Morro Bay said...

I wonder what Sassy Feet could do with this shoe? LOL!
Erin

toomuchaugust said...

out of mouse skin. oh *soar*. life is good again. thank you!

T. Clear said...

During my Ireland days, there was no question but that there was magic afoot. Especially in the acres and acres of fiddlehead ferns arching up and over hilltops, and once, when the sun came out after a cloudburst, and we were in the middle of a hazelnut forest, and every leaf carried countless raindrops which glistened at the same time.

And yes, mouse skin. Sigh.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Erin - Sassy Feet would make any pair into objects of envy. I can see all the wee people clamoring for them. So distinctly not ordinary. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Sherry - We cannot be expected to muck about here when such objects cause our imaginations to take wing. Soar away. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

T - I still remember your photos of Ireland, the abandoned cottage. That will probably never leave me. A grand book I just read, AMONG OTHERS, with fairies inhabiting ruins in the Welsh valleys and their flora, probably shares some of Ireland's magic. I can only imagine. xo

beth coyote said...

mouse skin-now THAT's a wonderment.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Beth - Identified, mind you, as mouse skin. Wonder abounds or at least shows up from time to time. xo