Reflections on Day 4 – Salem

I spent the morning at the edge of the ocean, watching the fog roll in while the children played on the boulders.

I must confess (TMI) that traveling together for 3 days straight and sleeping together in a 17 foot long box at night had taken its toll on our nerves. The children were restless and mouthy. James having to work on the trip was testing my patience (how lucky am I?). You have to be really clear with your feelings and expectations. We had some good conversation.

Speaking of living in a camper- I don’t know how these people on Instagram do it. My camper constantly looks like a camping bomb went off in it.

Salem is amazing.

We started the day at the memorial. There are two. One by the cemetery in the center of the city and one at the execution site – Proctor’s Ledge. That’s fairly new, as they only discovered it recently.

The cemetery memorial made me sob. Their last words are engraved in the pavement. I pissed on the judges grave.

The hanging rock is so disturbing. And yet I stood there with my lover and my children. Entire families destroyed at this spot and yet I take my daughter’s photo. Again – how lucky am I?

Never have I seen tragedy to marketed. (Dinner Pass didn’t come close) And I participate.

Enchanted- fun witch store owned by Laurie Cabot. Wiccan feel. Lots of great altars.

Circle of Stitches- hands down my favorite store. Could have stayed all day.

Hex- Christian Day’s store. More traditional witchcraft style. Nice altar to the dead.

Allison’s Mansion- ok not actually belonging to Hocus Pocus’ Allison butmakes a great phot op.

The Witch House- overpriced. Not a lot to see. However, the staff was very nice and knowledgeable. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin and his wife. And there is a birth room with lots of info. It is humbling to learn that Mrs. Corwin gave birth to 14 live children and only one made it to adulthood.

Almost forgot! The Satanic Temple! Basically paid $25 donation to get a great family photo. Worth it.

I am typing all of this on my phone on a train heading to Boston.

A day without driving has done us all very well. Great day. Children slept sound.

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Let’s pirate some boats aye?

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

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