Candles are cool..

Well, the wife and I went on our final Christmas shopping fiasco of the season today...we drove up to the mall at Turkey Creek....our first visit....and my LAST visit...at least during this holiday season...people Christmas shopping are like a pack of ravenous wolves....there must have been 3,000 people in the Super Target up there...which means that I spent two hours in that damn place doing NOTHING but trying to keep my trolley from being pinned to the wall...it was like some weird demolition derby/bumper car slamfest....everywhere you looked...I swear, I bet I heard "Excuse me", and "Sorry" - followed by squeaking wheels and grunting as people tried to get their gift laden buggies to pass each other - at LEAST 300 times....by the end of it, I just needed to lie down...

Anyway, back to my point....candles are cool...my zippo ran out of fluid a few minutes ago...and, I didn't feel like gassing it back up, so I went through and got a little candle out of the kitchen...lit it, and brought it back to the computer room...so that I can light my cigarettes with it as it burns....now, as I sit here typing, I keep looking at it....DAMN, it's making me feel all Christmassy...just sitting there flickering...it reminds me, for some strange reason, of a conversation I had with a Jewish friend of mine last week....they had e-mailed me a photo of a new menorah that they'd been given as an early Hannukah present....and, being ignorant of the finer points of their religion, I asked if they had a ceremony in which they lit the candles, or if a certain prayer was said, etc....and, I was told it was called the "Blessing of the Candles"....I was struck by that statement...it conjured up so many different images and ideas...

I guess that the metaphors for candles are too many to begin to name on this blog....Jewish, Protestant, Catholic - Roman OR Byzantine, Native American, Pagan, Wiccan, Agnostic, Animist, Scientoligist, Buddist, Muslim, or what-the-hell-ever...it doesn't matter....I bet we ALL have candles in our home...we use them in our religion...to light a room...to set a mood...to celebrate a birthday....to light our cigarettes when we are too damn lazy to fill our lighter....candles are cool...and, as long as we have human beings....we will always have a need for the soothing comfort...and the mental stimulation of the open flame of a flickering candle....

by Eric on December 13, 2003 | Comments(6) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

I feel your pain on the xmas shopping thang.

And you've joined zen brother Jay on the candle fixation.
Whenever I get a candle as a gift, I just hand 'em over to him.

posted by: siso on December 13, 2003 08:53 PM

Wow, I thought men hated to go shopping and especially hated malls. You're a braver soul than I, I learned years ago to stay away from any and all malls from November - February.

Jennifer Martinez sends

posted by: Jennifer Martinez on December 13, 2003 10:17 PM

ummmm.... Don't you lose your "guy guild" card when you start to like candles?????

posted by: Jack on December 14, 2003 12:27 AM

Mmmm, candles. I have them all over the house, and you're right, they're very comforting. I like the scented ones... best I've ever smelled was this vanilla/cinnamon one.
I have a mint chocolate scented one going on my desk right now. :)

posted by: LeeAnn on December 14, 2003 09:11 AM

Well, I STILL haven't refilled the lighter, so, the candle burning right now on my desk is an unscented little camping candle..really small...I used to put these in the tent when I'd go hiking in the winter..you'd be surprised how much they'll raise the temperature in a small tent..

posted by: Eric on December 14, 2003 09:20 AM

Wow. I can tell you're younger than me. Anyone alive (even young) in the late 60s early 70s knows (changes to breathless voice) how great candles are, man! (not to implicate self - I was too young, but not stupid!)

posted by: tmg on December 14, 2003 12:41 PM