I am Ganesha, the remover of obstacles


Kids love to play superhero games, like: If you were a superhero, who would you be?



Well, speaking for myself, I wouldn’t want to be any of them.  They have to wear tights and capes and things and fly around and save people.  What a nuisance!.  It would be more fun, I think, to be maybe an Egyptian or Indian or Chinese deity: you’d get to wear a lot of jewelry, in addition to dancing and playing the flute and riding your peacock and smiting people.



So let’s rephrase the question: If you were a mythological character – any mythological character – who would you be?



No question for me. I would be Ganesha.



Dear elephant-headed Ganesha, the Lord of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles.



I remember when I was in grade school, I couldn’t open my locker. I was in tears. Mister Glass, the tall crewcutted threatening-looking assistant principal, approached me, asked me in clipped tones for my combination, and in short order opened my locker for me, while I watched, slack-jawed.



But apparently, he passed some magical power to me. And, ever since, I’ve found that I can pull off the same trick.



Can’t open a package? Just let me! Door sticking? Doesn’t stick when I open it! Computer isn’t acting right? Gee, it’s fine when I use it!



It is little short of miraculous. Correction: I am little short of miraculous.



The other day at work, a co-worker came to see if I had the key to a locked closet. “No,” I said. “That’s padlocked, and they never gave me the key for it. But you never know.”



I rose from my desk, secure in my power, and glided down the hallway, with him (awestruck) in my wake. We got to the closet, and I touched the padlock –



And it lifted away. It wasn’t even locked.



I am Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.



Pray to me at the beginning of your endeavors, and I will bless them.



I am also partial to sweets, so the occasional box of chocolates, or even a Snickers bar, couldn’t hurt.




About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

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