Sunday, August 30, 2009
Gnathan the Gnome—I personally think that everyone should have a gnome somewhere in their house. I use to have a gnome in my bedroom. I had bought him for one euro in France. He lived with me in my apartment up until the time I moved to China, when I made the irrational decision that he was frivolous and not worth the poundage in my already stuffed to the breaking point suitcase. However, after being here for several years without a gnome, I realize my error. Even looking at pictures of my gnome – who has since found a new home, makes me very happy. I don’t begrudge the new owner of the gnome—my dear cousin Lauren. She has been more to him than I ever could have been. She has named him, introduced him to her friends, and shown him the love and care he needs. I hope in the future to have another gnome and to give him the same care my cousin has shown him. I don’t know what it is about a gnome…perhaps it’s the promise of gardens and friends, or the reminder of exciting places one’s traveled to and new experiences one’s encountered. Gnathan, wherever your journey takes you, may you enjoy every step of the way.