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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-24 05:22
Subject: [cancer] The ritual of the bells
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Tags:art, books, cancer, child, endurace, green, health, personal, photos
[info]the_child has decided on our new chemo ritual. Like my character Green with her belled silk, we will sew bells to a length of cloth to celebrate the days of my life on chemo.

Endurance

Every woman of our village is given a silk at birth, or at least the finest cloth a family can afford. The length of the bolt is said to foretell the length of her life, though I’ve never known that a money-lender’s sister wrapped in twelve yards of silk lived longer than a decently fed farmwife with a short measure hanging on her sewing frame. The first skill a girl-child learns is to sew a small bell to her silk each day so that when she marries, she will dance with the mu- sic of four thousand bells. Every day she sews so that when she dies, her soul will be carried out of this life on the music of twenty-five-thousand bells. The poorest use seed pods or shells, but still these stand as a marker of the moments in our lives.


If you'd like to send me something to help through my chemo, go out a pick up a few small bells with loops or hooks that can be sewn to cloth. [info]the_child and her co-conspirators will take care of the sewing for me.

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Here's an example of the size range of bells we're interested in. We're probably better off on the smaller end, for the most part.

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To send me bells:

Bells for Jay Lake
PO Box 42611
Portland, OR 97242-0611

Thank you.




Cover illustration © 2011 Dan Dos Santos, used for promotional purposes with permission of the illustrator and of Tor Books.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2012-09-24 18:21 (UTC)
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that is very cool...
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