(PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH “HEX SIGN” CONFERRING A HAPPY HOME ON OWNER)
a couple of friends were over at my house, having pitchers of lemonade in the hot weather, and looking at my collection of “Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs”. “Did these signs used to be made by witches?” Asked one of my friends. “I think that’s true,” I replied, “but the hex signs were transferred over to Christianity, and all participation in any witchcraft was ended. Now, a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign is a Christian sign, you put in your home that blesses everyone and wishes you a happy home. And they’re very beautiful,So I like collecting them.”.
“I really don’t know very much about them,” I continued, sipping my lemonade, “I should look them up and find out all the history. I’m sure it’s all there on the web.” “In other words,” continued my friend, “they don’t have anything to do with witches anymore, it’s just an emblem of the past.” “Yes”, I said, “that’s it. They had a witchy past, but now there’s no associations except the name “hex”.and there are many different kinds of them, all round like this and very beautiful. Different designs, that have nothing to do with witches anymore.”
“I think I heard the other day in the paper,” broke in Caroline, “that they’re going to make them illegal because they are an emblem of all horrible past, In the United States. Witchcraft! So I think they’re going to ban them completely.” “Are you kidding me?” I exclaimed angrily. “Where the hell did you read that? This isn’t a Confederate flag , you know. All the witches are dead! If they ever existed at all!” “Just the same”, continued Caroline, coming back from the kitchen with more ice, “I’m pretty sure the laws going to completely ban them.”
“after all,” she continued calmly, “you can’t have history of witches floating around in the United States, threatening the present and the future, and the people who are very scared of witches now. That’s why they’re going to ban them; all those people are scared to death of witches coming back to haunt everyone again, because of their emblem. So the law wants to get rid of all the Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs and destroy them and ban them from being made anymore or shown anywhere, public or private.”
I began to get very, very angry, and I started throwing ice cubes at a photograph of the latest governor of Oregon. I missed a lot. Okay, it was very hot, you can miss when you’re trying to kill her with ice cubes.
“I can’t believe this!” I shouted, getting extremely upset, “they already got rid of and banned the Confederate flag, even though there’s no southern civil war going on, and all the Civil War heroes and people of the South are all dead! They’re scared to death of the Confederate flag, so they’re going to ban all free expression! And ban all culture They don’t like!but who the hell, on earth believes that all the witches are going to come back to life? What kind of stupid idiot ass hole liberal, has got a bug up their asses this time?!!”
“probably the same ass holes, who banned the Confederate flag, and also they banned all mascots of American Indian mascots for team sports.” Replied Carolyn calmly emptying the rest of the whiskey into her lemonade again. She just needed more ice cubes, but that’s Carolyn. “It’s open season on banning any kind of emblem at all, that the liberals don’t like.”I just glared at her.
“Don’t worry, Sandramina, ” she continued with a smile, “you’ll get used to it in time. I know, it’ll get weird when every single emblem and every single mascot, and every single piece of history, everywhere is banned and done away with, but it’s all for the good. (That’s what it says here in the paper New York Times. Anyhow.)”
I was still very irritated and mad as hell. “Do you know where else they do this all the time?” I finally continued. “They do this in communist RUSSIA. All the time! Communist Russia constantly gets rid of its history destroys it all, erases all historical people, battles, happenings, and anything having to do with the past.or anything having to do with the truth!”
“That includes people pictures of people portraits, events, it all gets ground into mulch , and it’s all banned.then they INVENT NEW HISTORY and events that never happened to take the place of the old ones They destroyed. Very inventive! They completely remake their past and deny that it ever existed!”
my friends looked around at each other; horrified. “Then why make our kids learn history, when it would just be all he erased completely?” One of them said.”you can’t really tell what is REAL, and what is IMAGINARY!.that leads people to invent completely false civilizations and histories, and do away with the real ones.”
Carolyn nodded happily. “Yeah, isn’t it great? We can erase all the Vietnam War, and we can erase World War II, we can erase the depression we’re having now, we can erase every single problem like it never existed! They could even erase everything we’re saying right now!” I looked at Carolyn, she was getting giddy with mass forgetfulness. And she was enjoying it. “
“You’re absolutely crazy!” I yelled at her.”then nothing is REAL! Nothing ever gets done! Nothing ever actually happened at all!” I felt faint myself. It was the twilight zone of dementia and memory disease, found only in the very elderly! And a WHOLE COUNTRY was adopting it?! Just to get rid of stuff They didn’t want to remember, that was unpleasant?
“WARS? DEPRESSIONS? BAD TIMES?DELETING ALL OF HISTORY?and all of the emblems of it?”
“sure,” continued the very fascinated and freaked out Caroline, heady with transformational powers, “just BAN and DO AWAY WITH anyone or anything or ANYONE, all of history, any emblems or nationalities, or ethnicities or cultures that you don’t like! Just BURN IT ALL! Burn every single bit of it and make it illegal to own!”
“it looks like I can’t own my little Polish flag, and fly it,” replied one of my friends gloomily. “After all, Poland is NOT in the United States so, I guess that emblem is out.” one of my other friends said. “I guess that also means I can’t wear my Star of David, because that would remind everyone of the history of Israel and Jews.” – – “And you’re not supposed to remind everyone of ancient history. It’s too upsetting.”
we all looked at each other with foreboding.”you suppose they’re going to do away with the history of the Civil War later?” Asked one of my friends. “Well,” continued Caroline, the expert on this, “that would be the next thing to do; that would be the next stage. BAN ALL HISTORY of a country. Yes, you don’t want all that history of our wars upsetting people!”
I still glared at Carolyn, my ex-friend. “Yes, you don’t want to upset anybody who used to be related to slaves, and remind them that all their ancestors were horribly abuse in the South. That would give them real PTSD wouldn’t it?”
Caroline continued on her rampant rant; “of course, everybody needs their PERSONAL HISTORY erased! just ERASE the whole Civil War!It never existed!”
“you’re going to be quite an infection to history classes and teachers, aren’t you, Caroline?” I questioned her. She still didn’t stop her ranting and raving. She was getting ready to go out and buy ERASERS, big enough to erase all the history of the United States, AND EUGENE and LANE COUNTY would vanish as well!
“it doesn’t matter if you erase all the history of Eugene and this county, in Oregon,” I interrupted her,Finally,” there history is so bad, it could only get worse ! Eugene doesn’t need any history! it certainly doesn’t have any future!”—
“but, you’re going to erase and get rid of all the rest of important history and all its emblems and tokens, and all the MEMORIES in everyone’s minds?all the TRUTH that happened?”
Carolyn looked at me calmly. “History will lie, as usual,” she ended with;”It always lies in the end anyway. Why not just make it OFFICIAL!!!!?”
(Sandraminadotty, who no longer has any record of existing in Oregon, Eugene, Lane County, and who’s all birth certifications, school records, graduate degrees and work records have been EXPUNGED from history. After all, my real true life history might upset my parents who hated me, some day, so I don’t want to remind them of all the trauma they caused, or what effects it had on my life. It just might get in someone’s way, who doesn’t want to know it existed.)