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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An Ooky Spooky Post

Just in time for Halloween.

Jenna's recent post about her experience with a psychic made me think of my own trip to Sister P*. When we were trying to conceive our first children, her prophecy brought me a modicum of comfort. When we were pregnant with the twins, it made me physically ill. And now, I can't help but feel a little stifled by the notes she made me promise I would keep.

But I should probably back up to how I came to be sitting in Sister P's cramped, lawn-ornament-filled shack...right?

A long time ago, my sister had a women's group who got together once a month. The host chose the topic. One woman taught them how to invest money and another taught about quilting (I remember the investing money one; but the quilting one was thrown in there just to balance the sentence. Sorry, the club is part of my sister's memories. The rest of this experience is my own).

One host brought them all to a psychic.

I have to admit that I'm not that into psychics. I'm not 100% sure I would want to know my fate. If it was good, it would obviously bring great peace along the way. Or would it? Would I ever believe the next thing on the list even if all the ones before it came true? Beyond that, if it was terrible, I would probably laugh it off in the moment, but the words would stick with me forever. This happened for a friend who was so taken with the story I'm about to tell that she drove out to see Sister P (driving, I should mention, about 14 hours one-way to the midwestern state where Sister P lives) who told her that she would struggle with money for the rest of her life and die without ever attaining the marriage or children she sought. At 36, my friend is still single, still childless, and still struggling with money. Not every prophecy is something you want to know beforehand.

My name came up during my sister's reading. When my sister sent her then-husband to the psychic for his reading, my name came up again. My sister asked if I would want to see Sister P next time I came out to visit her. I really wasn't sure. On one hand, I didn't want the information, but on the other, there was a psychic who was asking about me. Overall, I was in a pretty terrible place in life during that time and it was sort of like dangling a ticket out of Hell in front of my face and then asking, "do you really want it? It may get you back to earth. It may take you somewhere far worse." Who wouldn't want to know if they were doomed to remain in the same cycle forever?

I went to see the psychic.

Sister P lived on a psychic compound, a metaphysical church complete with graveyard and tiny cottages reminiscent of the gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard except with less gingerbread and more faded wood. Rickety. Each cottage was one-and-a-half stories with a dilapidated porch. Sister P's was covered with children's toys. There were no children in sight. In fact, there were no people in sight at all. My sister took her dog with her to walk in the deserted graveyard.

I sat on the porch, shivering and wishing I had brought heavier clothes, when the door opened. Out walked a squat, greying, brown-haired woman with tight curls and glasses that gave her a look of perpetual surprise. Without speaking, she enveloped me in a hug and then simply said, "you came."

She ushered me into the cottage, asking as she laughed to herself. "What was a nice Jewish girl like you doing at a Buddhist monastery this week?"

A few days before I left home to visit my sister, I had gone up to the Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Massachusetts, a few miles from my home. I went there probably once a week, either to sit at the pagoda and think or to speak with one of the nuns who was a friend of a friend. It's still a place I always need to visit whenever we're in Western Massachusetts.

I'm not usually pegged for Jewish. Latina, Middle Eastern, Italian...sure. I wear nothing that would mark me as Jewish--no religious jewelry, for instance. But I could roll with the idea that Sister P knew my heritage. My sister could have even put her up to that. But the Buddhist monastery was confusing because my sister didn't know that I went up there at all. Only my friend Pete and the nuns knew about my visits to the Peace Pagoda.

Sister P had a lawn chair set up in the center of the room in front of a mahogany desk. She sat behind the desk and I sat down in the lawn chair. The room was packed with lawn ornaments. Hundreds and hundreds of cement lawn ornaments--on the floor, stacked on top of shelves, toppling over in piles. It was fairly dark in the room. Sister P asked me if I had brought any paper and asked me to take notes. She said she was going to go through some things in my past so I would believe her when she told me about things in my future.

And then she began.

to be continued...

*I googled her name and it came up immediately so...I'll leave it at Sister P.

27 comments:

BethH6703 said...

Argh! To be continued????

Come on Mel! SPILL IT!!!! lol

Emmie said...

Goodness, Mel...I'm on the edge of my seat!!! Please continue soon!!!

sharah said...

Ack! Where's the rest? I want it now, now, now!

Mel, you're such a tease :)

Bea said...

To be con- what??

I want to see the next post on my desk by morning, Ms SQ. Ok, well, whenever you're ready then, but quickly!

Bea

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Uggh, I'm not a very patient person!!

Calliope said...

oh! this is is EXACTLY the distraction I need right now. Hurry up and continue!!

K said...

Dang -- to be continued? But I want to know now!

Bean said...

You are SOOOO EVIL to leave us hanging like this! Talk about a cliffhanger!!!!!

Nessa said...

That is not fair. There better be a continuation later today missy!

Samantha said...

Just leave us hanging!

Fertilize Me said...

Fwow- that first part is really interesting cant wait for more

Tracy said...

OMG! How could you? Now I need to hit google and see what I find.

Pam said...

What?!?!?! To be continued? Noooooooo.

I have always wanted to go to a psychic but at the same time I'm terrified to hear what he/she might say.

Paz said...

Mel, you devil you! I'll just sit here until my computer displays teh next post, work be damned, baby will feed himself..he can pick up cheerios now. I'm waaiiittting.

Paz

May said...

... to be continued? Aigh! When? YOu do realise I'll be hitting 'refresh' every half-hour for the next two days?

Ms. Infertile said...

Ugh! To be continued? I hope it's soon - can't wait to find out more about this story.

Caro said...

Holding my breath and waiting impatiently for part 2...

Mommy Someday said...

Wow!!! I CAN"T WAIT FOR THE REST!!!!!! Please post soon -- the suspense is awful! (Really! This is such a cool story!!!)

PCOSMama said...

Interesting....

Love how you leave us all hanging on the edge of our seats! Adds to the excitement!

MLO said...

Was she a psychic or did she have the second sight? There is a difference. The second sight runs in my family - and believe me, nothing is quite as annoying as a group of parents who just know what you are thinking/have done/thinking of doing/ etc. I thought everyone's parents were like that.

What psychics see is the strands of connectivity between our current path and where it is most likely to lead. If you change your current path, the predictions are moot. Now, the second sight has more to do with fated events - but even those can be left behind by behaviors. There is no such thing as fate and nothing is written in stone.

Pax,

MLO

sltbee69 said...

Oh, that is so not nice to do that to us! I hope I see the rest of the story tomorrow missy!

Jess said...

Mel, you dutch bastard! To be CONTINUED????

Barb said...

That's SO not nice! haha

Meghan said...

Haven't I been posting all week that I just stink at waiting?!?! And now I have to wait some more...geez!

I'm really interested in all the psychic talk that has been going around lately. A good friend got my a visit to one for my 30th b-day a few months ago. I've been really hestitant but I think I might have to go for it now

Please update soon!

deanna said...

Oh, this is so juicy......
Bring it, girl! Time for Part Two, please!!!

T said...

Psych Tease!! he he - can't wait to hear the rest - I love good psychic stories. Of course, I wish Sister P was in Leverett, what a temptation that would be!

Artblog said...

NOT FAIR!