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Article ID: 4512
Age Group: Adult
Posted: May 21st. 2001
Life With Mikey
Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,
On the third day of trying to introduce the little pond bluegills to the floating fish food pellets, a little spell seemed to be in order. Previously, Wren was simply tossing the bread for the seagulls over the water and the gulls and terns were happily swooping and diving down to scoff up their tidbits. But do you know what is faster than a diving gull? Hundreds of hungry little pond bluegill fishies, that's what. Within a very short time, the fishies learned where the morning meal could be found and the seagulls just couldn't keep up with them. So, Wren invested in some special designed-for-pond-fishies-food. Trouble was, the pond-fishies didn't know what the heck that stuff was and wouldn't touch it. So Wren -being a simple Witch- went for the simple spell: "Hey, Fishies! Let's get Mikey!"
Most people will recognize "Mikey" as that chubby-faced little skeptic on the 'Life' cereal commercial who- in the words of his two older siblings- 'hates everything'. Filmed in 1972 and still one of the most popular commercials of all time, "a recent survey showed that 70 percent of adults could identify with the Life Cereal ad from just a brief description". So Wren figured that if she could just win over the fish-Mikey, the rest would follow. And sure enough, there was indeed a Mikey-fish in there who-while he probably was well-known for remaining a bit stand-offish about new things floating on the little pond- nibbled a bit of special designed-for-pond-fishies-food and then began to gobble it down. 'Hey! He likes it!" went all the other little pond-fishies and Wren's problem was solved.
You may not have a Mikey-fish in your own little pond, but you probably DO have a Mikey in your family, in your circle of friends, in your life somewhere. The Mikeys of the world are the ones who seem to have been born with their arms folded in the crossed position. They are the people in your life who when you tell them that you are embracing Paganism adopt that 'wait-and-see' attitude about how THAT will all turn out. If you don't grow horns; if your eyes don't blaze with red fire; if you don't start spontaneously chanting in Enochian (unless you happen to be fluent in Enochian and actually know what you're chanting about) and if you don't go completely mad, they may- MAY- come to accept your choice over time. But living with a Mikey in the meantime has its challenges.
Mikeys can be a good thing. A little healthy skepticism can keep one from going so far off the wall that one ends up being of no practical use to anyone-including oneself. Taking another look at our chubby little cereal Mikey, we can see that he has obviously been munching on something before the bowl of Life was pushed in his direction. Maybe he sneaks down to the fridge at night and gorges on asparagus. So he really doesn't hate EVERYTHING. And most skeptics don't disbelief everything about you and your religious preferences either. They are just reluctant to fully embrace the 'new you' until they are ready.
Mikeys can however be more than merely skeptical; they can be dogmatic. You'll probably run up against one or two of those in your Pagan travels as well. They resist anything new being added to Paganism. They not only resist changes, they ridicule and abuse those who are willing to see/try things in ways different from their 'one true' way. For whatever reason-whether it be the fear of trying something new on one's own or the sheer overpowering personality of some of these folks- people do tend to look to the Mikeys of the world for--what? Approval? Permission? Validation? Like the cereal Mikey's brothers, if your Pagan Mikey 'likes it', it must be okay. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but shouldn't that be YOUR choice to make?
Waiting for the skeptical Mikey's to come around or for the dogmatic Mikey's to approve of your choices means that you will probably do a lot of hungry sitting in front of a bowl full of something that you are not quite sure of. Why not just pick up that spoon and give it a taste? You may like it-and you may not. But it is you who must decide that for yourself. Dare to try something new even if no one else that you know has ever tried it before. Dare to embrace change that is, after all, an integral essence of Nature Herself. Take a chance and pick up that spoon and dig in.
And so when your personal skeptical Mikey or your Pagan dogmatic Mikey sees you so obviously happy and well-fed and thriving on your new diet, what can they possibly end up saying but, "He/She likes it! Hey, Mikey!" Perhaps it is no coincidence that both the cereal and that ever-changing, ever-experimenting ability to birth new ways of being are both called 'Life'... Try It!
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