Hermes is a neat god. Besides being sporty and a creative inventor of musical instruments he was a friend of all the neer-do-wells in the world and looked after them. And, he was a psychopomp - a great word that simply means he escorted people to the correct place after death. Hence the stick with snakes. I really had Hermes down differently, with visions of Kelly Bags and madly designed scarves swirling through my head. Now I understand why one needs a Hermes Kelly Bag. It clearly has the power to transport you and all your sins to the afterlife in a comfortable way. I would venture to say most female bankers or bankers wives have one or two. And now the Hermes brand makes complete philosophical sense to me.
Friday, 27 March 2009
It is Greek God Day at the school attended by child number one. He wanted to be Hermes, which I thought would be a breeze - a Hermes tie and off he could go. No mum. winged hat, sticks with snakes, and silver winged boots were required. And a toga. Off he went this morning, running into a friend who had cheated a bit and went as a minotaur. A boy in a dress is no match for a ferocious minotaur and the face went long. Luckily, at the school gates, most of the other boys were in togas and the face grew happy again. Whew.