Mae came to me this evening with her National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013 in hand, all serious, as usual. “Mom, mom. I need you to help me move the furniture around in my room.”
My first thought, probably before she finished speaking was, “No.”
I asked “Why?”
Mae showed me the page she was reading. Across the top: “How to Feng Shui Your Room.” I asked why she wanted to Feng Shui her room. Mae pointed to and read aloud the opening words of the article, “Want to make more friends? Get better grades?” She said, “Only 3 of my friends are in my class and I want 5.”
Alrighty then. I told Mae that 3 is a good number of friends and I pointed out a disclaimer in tiny print in a box on the page: “If Feng Shui doesn’t work for you, that’s ok. This story is just for fun.” I have to intently manage this one’s expectations.
Years ago, when I first heard of Feng Shui, I gave a “whatever” shrug and went on with my life. But, I wanted to be open-minded and supportive. So, while Mae took her shower, I started working on the 12 suggestions in the article. It was simpler than I expected and we had most of the materials needed.
I took a mobile from the kids’ play room and hung it from Mae’s bedroom ceiling. One of the kids’ aunties brought it for them from India. Mae believes that “it’s magic,” and the magazine says that a mobile keeps positive chi moving.
I hung a jingle bell on each side of her door knob, which gives positive thoughts and inspire good luck and happiness. Putting the bells to use helped me feel less guilty about having put them in the garage a few hours before. The bells came with a holiday decoration kit that I tried to use as little as possible of when the kids and I dressed our little Christmas tree today. They wanted to put on it every shiny bauble within reach. I sneaked things back into the box when they weren’t looking because I swear there is a fine line between tasteful and tacky when it comes to Christmas decorations.
Mae has a bulletin board where some pictures of her and former classmates were pinned. I added a picture of Jay and arranged the photos into a triangle. This may help her get along better with family and friends. Threes and triangles are important in Feng Shui. I wonder if I should find a picture of me and Hubby and substitute it for one of the pictures of her friends? From her perspective, Mae would probably say that the relationships with her friends are more important. She had a tough day last Wednesday because she’d gotten into a pushing match with her friend-non-friend Gigi, a girl who seems to not like Mae and still insists on being around her. It’s a strange relationship. Even Mae said last week, “I kind of like not liking her.” Go figure.
Fortunately, Mae’s bookcase is already to the left of her door (for better grades) and her bed is against her wall and gives her a clear view of her door (for better sleep). So, we didn’t need to move any furniture after all.
I added two pillows to the one on Mae’s bed plus a stuffed monkey, the animal of her birth-year according to the Chinese zodiac. These might bring more fun with friends and extra luck, respectively. Mae has a cactus plant that I moved from the play room to the desk in her bedroom; which might bring more time with family and friends.
The article said that a quartz crystal on her desk can help with concentration, which Mae sure could use. We don’t have a quartz crystal in the house, but my sister has one at her place. I called her and she promised to bring it by tomorrow.
We don’t have a light green or purple bowl, which could help Mae save money if she puts a coin in a bowl as she leaves or enters her room. And I’m going to risk not moving her bulletin board to the wall opposite her door, which could help generate positive thoughts as she enters the room. We’ll take our chances on those two because they would require too much effort.
Mae handled the last item from the list on her own. She drew a picture of something she wished for and placed it under her pillow to make the wish come true. I fully expected her to hold up a drawing of, perhaps, her and a friend holding hands. Instead, it was a picture of a book. With Feng Shui written across the cover. She wants a book on Feng Shui.
Dang it. This is worse than Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy combined. If I get the book it means Feng Shui works, or at least it says something about the power of positive thinking. But then, she’ll come up with all kinds of new Feng Shui ideas and maybe even turn this whole house upside down. Or, she might start putting slips of paper under her pillow every night for ever more ambitious stuff.