If Pandora and Mary Poppins were to meet I imagine they would compare their goods – by this I mean compare the box and the bag.
A little refresher…
Pandora, from Greek mythology, was the first woman on Earth and created by Hephaestus, the God of craftsmanship, using the land and the sea. She was clothed, articulate, and beautiful. She was given a box by Zeus; little did she know that this box contained all of the worlds evils. Though she was warned, curiosity overtook her, she opened the box and the evils spread over the world. Listen girl – I get it, that was your big “oh crap” moment… we’ve all done it (curiosity has bitten me in the butt too…).
The story of Pandora and her box has evolved and transcended throughout time. The idea of someone having a box as a place to hide tragedy and secrets is pretty common place. What would you put in your box? How big would it have to be? What would it be made of? Would it be carved out of wood or made of steel? Would you wear the key around you neck as a reminder of your sins?
I imagine my box would have to be a bit like Mary Poppins’ Bag. For my reader’s who missed out on this part of their childhood… a brief explanation:
Imagine a bag that changes color and shape depending what you wear or how you feel. Everything you want and need can fit in that bag – or be taken out of it. You can fit a canoe in your clutch, thank you very much. Two bottles of wine, a coffee table, a couple of pillows to sleep on (or maybe to smack ya’ with!), or maybe just a bouquet of lilies. Whatever I need, I can just reach in and take it from my bag. BUT – I can also hide things in there.
This bottomless, shape-shifting bag would not only allow me to take things out, but put things in. Like Pandora’s box, could I hide my secrets here; but would I need to first put them in my box and then put the box in the bag – how scared am I to let those secrets fly in the wind?
I’m scared. I think everyone has a box – a place where they keep things that they should keep to themselves. Put them in and never look at them again.
A little Poppins – a little Pandora… I need all the help I can get. Maybe what I’m really just wishing for a little magic? Regardless, I think Poppins and Pandora would be great friends.