Sunday, November 01, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

My sister is a collector of Day of the Dead tschotskes. She isn't Mexican, and she doesn't have an altar set up in her stylish NYC apartment, with favorite foods and drinks of the departed strewn about. At her office, however, she does have a collection of skeletal icons including a bride and groom calaveras, and a diorama of a Mariachi band with their bony fingers holding onto their instruments. Why? Don't know. She just likes the art.

After reading about the origins of this celebration, I was excited to learn that if one had an altar set up, this might lure the souls of the dead to visit and hear the prayers and comments from the living. I thought of a plan!

ME: Sis! I have a great idea! Why don't we set up an altar and lure Dad to come and hear us out!

SIS: WHAT! Hear us out about what?

ME: Well, you know how he always joked to us that when it was his turn to go to the other side, he would let us know the lottery numbers? Today's our chance!

SIS: Oh. Well, let's see. ARE YOU MAD! That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard from you. Er, so far, because you have many more years to be as ridiculous!

ME: It seemed like a good idea when I first thought it. But I guess you're right. I mean how would he even know the numbers ahead of time...


Well, it seems that the only way I can get richness in her life today is to take granulated sugar, meringue powder, and water. And hope that it turns out like this:

And, maybe a little altar, because --who knows-- Dad might be willing to ...


  1. Sounds just like a conversation I might have with my sister, (I'm the one with the crazy ideas). :)

  2. I'm sure that your crazy ideas are also fun, right?

    We crazies have all the best times, heh. :)

  3. Oh yes, they most certainly are, at least as far as I'm concerned. :)

  4. If you decide to go ahead and give it a try, be sure to post the results. You never know, you might just conjure up a good story, if nothing (or no one) else.

    Straight From Hel

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