About fifteen years ago, I found a little wooden monkey that was in an odd assumed position — flat out like Superman. But he had no wings. I had to buy/rescue the poor little (Un)Flying Monkey. A year later I bought a winged angel figure made of reeds — but her wings were wooden and a perfect fit for the poor monkey! That angel wasn’t flying anyhow!
Last month, I took to carving wood myself to recreate a pair of wings for the head of a Crow Mother kachina doll. I corrected the paint color on her “ruff” too – though it took me two tries to get it the shade of a fox skin and as aged looking as the rest. She was another “rescued orphan” purchase of mine.
I don’t like things broken and abandoned — whether small kitschy objects of art, or beautiful symbols of community life! Nor do I like pop culture when it is unsure of it’s finished project. Like the Disney movie “Maleficent”, for instance, the latest version seeking to “rehabilitate” that “wicked” “13th fairy not invited to the feast for lack of enough dinnerware (in original story).
I for one did not think she needed rehabilitation; she was the offended party first. She was my favorite “villainess” for years. So I did like the new movie. But when toys and all came out, oddly all the figures were of Maleficent without her wings, in her crippled and embittered form. Nonetheless, I bought one to adorn the dashboard of the Minotaur’s new “retirement” car that he purchased six months before leaving work for the last time. This is because we named the car after Maleficent, he saw one like it in the parking lot as we went to see the movie you see? And after the movie drove to the nearest dealership to claim one of his own! So of course, She was the emblem and had to rule the car.
But she had no wings. Damn it. So I fixed that, today. I saw a toy dragon on sale half off; I know a dragon or two who could use a bit of humbling and “grounding”, hehehey!? So off they came! Thus Maleficent has her wings back. I feel quite uplifted myself by this bit of ‘rehabilitation’. It does not hurt that it happened the afternoon after the precinct caucuses for Washington State, when I stood up to speak publicly for Bernie Sanders. Of our precinct’s five delegates to go to the next level, Sanders got three. In fact, he is taking the STATE! So don’t you let anyone tell you something just can’t fly until you’ve done your damnedest to give it wings!