Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest one of all? Well, the son of a bitch didn’t answer so I whispered. “You, Vera are the fairest of them all.” Why thank you, Mirror.
Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes. From the smallest scrap in a hobo’s sack down by the rail road tracks, to the grandest hall in Versailles; Songs, poetry and art have been inspired by the reflective surface so many of us take for granted every day. My favorite poem is about a mirror.
In Blanche Nevin’s “My Great Grandmothers Looking Glass” the reader is transported through the ages of one family in the Pennsylvania countryside. To the ancient Egyptians a mirror was a highly polished disk of metal as it was in Rome. For centuries many people could not ever dream to afford such a luxury. Mirrors were difficult to produce, especially large examples. Perhaps this is why a mirror played such a role in Snow White. A mirror might be feared for its magical properties and there were those who lived in fear of them. They have been spoken against as an expensive tool of the devil which only bred the sin of vanity in those who gazed before them.
The world is reflected in the glass and I doubt there are those who have not wondered what that world might be like. Alice did and fell into another world. Some people cover silvered sheet of glass in the event of a death so that the soul of the deceased might not become imprisoned within its grasp. We all look into them every day and probably rarely think of these things.
Today I thought about mirrors a great deal as I was cutting an old broken mirror into new pieces to fill up some antique frames I had laying about. I thought about seven years of bad luck. I thought about how Narcissus might have lived if only he had a mirror and not just his reflection in the water. For all I know Medusa could still be running rampant had Perseus not had that highly reflective shield!
Cutting glass and mirror is not at all difficult with the right tool. A glass cutter is very inexpensive (about $4.00) and can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Simply clean the glass, oil the cutter well, score and snap the glass. After a cut or two, you now have a new piece of mirror to fill that gilded frame your Great Aunt left you. It’s just that simple. Now that my new mirror is up on the wall I can sit and reflect on my day so far. Happy homemaking!