I have recently taken to the habit of drinking a glass of red wine from a clear glass shaped like a skull. Not everyday, mind you. It started after Halloween. I decided to make a Halloween feast for my family. Hot dogs carved like fingers, cake that looks like cat litter, with little tootsie roll cat poo half buried below the surface, green colored punch, smoking and smoldering, poured into clear glasses shaped like skulls. My dad thought the Halloween feast was a lot of fun, the kids still talk about the cat litter cake, and I really liked those clear skull glasses. I’m the only one. So I put the other 5 glasses away until next year and kept one out, one that I can drink red wine from when I felt inclined.
Before drinking my wine, I usually announce that I am “drinking wine from the skulls of my enemies.” My children give me their typical side eye, “mom is crazy” looks, usually followed by, “mom, you’re crazy,” and go about their business. My husband knows this is par for the course. Typical of his wife, a little off center, a little eccentric.
I am not a big drinker. I drink one glass, but it’s enough. I am thoroughly pleased with myself as I empty the clear glass skull of my enemies. Who are these enemies? That’s a hard question to answer. In my 43 years, I can barely name an enemy, but the longer I live, I suppose, the chances of lengthening that list increase. It seems there are people that I have touched in this world with my presence who do not like me. I will call them my enemies. I will also call those that have manipulated me or hurt me or tried to destroy me my enemies. Those that have deceived me or worst of all betrayed me, I think it’s a fair assumption to call these people my enemies.
I would guess that having enemies then requires one to feel immense anger towards them, anger driving rage followed by thoughts of revenge. Enemies and hate go hand in hand, but I don’t feel hate. This new habit of mine does not feel tinged with ill will, I am not angry with these enemies. I do not wish them death or destruction. I think it is a way to come to terms with them. It is my way of finding forgiveness, of sharing a toast, having a simple drink in their honor and in their skulls. It’s my way of telling the universe, these people do not have power over me.
Do I drink other things from my skull glass? Well, milk just seemed wrong. I once had a little bit of Coke in it, but somehow, it wasn’t as satisfying. I think the liquid should be red. Red is anger, red is powerful, red is life giving. Now that I have enjoyed this clear skull glass so much, I ordered a skull coffee mug from Amazon. A hot cup of tea from the skulls of my enemies, now that sounds like good therapy.