Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wicked witch of the Easter
Dear Marc, how are you? Did any påskkärring come knocking on your door today? No? But today is the day!
This is the day all Swedish kids dress up like witches do. See how stylish the shabby chic look looks on the young. A little crochet goes a long way. Vertical stripes are the new horizontal stripes. And don't forget the kettle, replacing the handbag as this year's must carry-along.
It's our equivalent of your trick or treating.
I remember doing the house rounds as a witch back in my childhood. A poor neighbour opened her door to us four little witches, only to sadly announce that she was out of candy.
I've always been soft at heart. Even at the tender age of 8, I couldn't stand the sad look on her face. I wanted to console her. I offered the only consolation I could think of:
"That's ok! We don't need candy. Money will do just as fine."
She shut the door in our faces. I didn't understand why until many years later.
Witch you well, kiss and tell