Remedios The Beauty April 12, 2012 by Shiva Rose As a teenager I was obsessed by a few novels. I’ve written about Unbearable Lightness of Being but there was also Gabriel Garcia’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. I’ve read most of Garcia’s novels and I feel maybe his writing somehow shaped my perception of the world. His ability to capture magical realism spoke to my Persian roots that are steeped in a similar obsession with the mystical, superstitious and symbolic. I have been known to drift at times into my own universe or Roseland; a place Garcia would recognize and feel at home with. A place where the magic and the real worlds collide, creating a haven for the unearthly ones. One of my most favorite characters of all time is Remdios the Beauty. Remedios is beautiful beyond words yet she has one foot in another realm. “She appears to most of the town as naively innocent. However Colonel Buendia believes she has inherited great lucidity. She rejects clothing and beauty. Too beautiful and arguably too wise for the world.”It seems my obsession with Remedios has manifested in a daughter who also transcends the typical. My youngest daughter Charlotte is also unaffected by what is supposed to be the norm. She is happiest in our creek in the back yard looking for frogs and worms. She can recite most of the classical composers of the eighteenth century but she can’t function in a large group. She can pick up an earthworm and put in on her face, but she really has a difficult time being out in the world. She is my feral one, my magic sprite that teaches me to slow down and look at the insects beneath our feet and to taste blossoms on flowering bushes. She asks questions about Jesus and World War II, but cannot tie her shoe. She has become one of my greatest teachers. We cannot just follow the guidelines of society to tell us what is prized. Who would have been the shamans of our village? The medicine folks and the ones who spoke to creatures of the forests? Perhaps we need to make room for them in our spiritually starved communities. Speaking of beauties this week (yes the look of the site has changed once again) we will be meeting with natural fairy Josie Maran, artist Erica Nicotra, Rachel Craven artisan of Echo park, and style maven Desiree Deskohn. Behold the beauty of Remedios and the roses of our times!