So let me ask you a few questions: what if I lived downstream from one of the rivers Hydro-Quebec has dammed up so they can use Father Water to power homes across Quebec? Why are our governments making the drought worse by damming up major rivers? Do governments have more rights to the water than those of us who live downstream or along-stream?
The stream feeding my well does not come from any of the 63 dammed rivers in Quebec. My well-stream is dry because we haven’t had rain and because we had little snow this past winter. We behind the curve and set up for this drought in January when the snow didn’t fall. No snow meant no snow melt which meant a dry spring. Even the spring rains didn’t come this year, not like they “normally” do anyway. I can anticipate Father Water giving us floods and snowstorms galore.
It did rain for a few more minutes after the second video was made. The squash flowers opened only to close again. The corn grew then fell because not enough rain came from the sky. As much as I want to water my garden, it’s just not feasible.
We’re eating off paper plates — that will compost — though I hate to do so because of the waste. But doing the dishes uses a lot of water. Wolf showers at work, I take one shower a week just so I can wash my hair. We’re buying water or driving 10 miles to fill water jugs so we don’t have to use what’s in our well.
What can we do as Pagans to bring the issue of water to the forefront of the brains of Americans as individuals and as a nation? How can we honor Water as a living deity?