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Jennifer Landels - Espadachina
Saturday, August 17, 2013


My Mother's Red Shawl - El Rebozo Colorado
Jennifer Landels - Espadachina




I am wearing two borrowed garments.  The doublet is a man’s, the sleeves too long, the shoulders too wide.  The shawl that once belonged to Alex’s mother is, by contrast, an entirely feminine piece of attire:  versatile, soft, elegant and practical.  Red is the colour of blood.  To some it speaks of death, but to me it’s the colour of womanhood and birth.  My first instinct is to tie the rebozo for carrying a baby, but my babies are almost grown up, too big to be carried, and, I hope, too young to give me grandchildren just yet. 

Instead I fold it in sharp lines and wear it like a sash, or a baldric.  It is meant to look military, to go with the sword and dagger, the man’s jacket, the braggadocio of a duellist.  But even folded, its edges are soft, and the feminine red is deeper and stronger than all the black and steel.  It will not be disguised even though I wrap myself in men’s clothing and violent hobbies. It feels like a badge of honour, for motherhood.

Motherhood and swordfighting are two extremes on the spectrum of who I am, but in between are many more aspects of me: artist, doula, musician, gardener, dancer, equestrian and writer.  This list is not comprehensive but those are the colourful spikes. If I could narrow the list down, focus on only one or two, I might someday achieve mastery, but it would be at the expense of who I am. 

I am content to eschew focus, to spread my energies through the broad spectrum rather than the narrow band.  The jacket is appropriate, for I seem to be a Renaissance woman:  jack of all trades, master of none; versatile and changeable, like the rebozo.

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