Tins were a wonderful thing to me. They were a depository where the things a boy kept precious could be secreted away and tucked into the backs of closets or under loose floorboards. Mostly the contents of tins included stamps, coins, marbles, smooth and colorful stones and the bits of refuse that could viewed as treasure to the furtive imagination of a young mind.
I collected snow.
Not just any snow, mind you—-I wasn’t some type of frozen vapor hoarding lunatic—-I collected the flakes from the first snow fall and packed little rectangular bricks in the back of the freezer. Why? Because of Frosty the Snowman who came to life after being imbued with the magical properties of first fall snow. But I wasn’t going to build some ratty old snowman, no sir, not me. My goals were slightly loftier than that.
I was going to build a griffin. Agrippa the Griffin.
I’d be the envy of my neighborhood when Agrippa and I went for a walk, and since I read somewhere how griffins have the ability to sense and dig gold up from the earth, I knew we’d be financially sorted for life. And we would totally rule the airways. That went without saying.
Yup. I saw it all clear as day and my plan was foolproof. I traced pictures from books in the New York Public Library so I’d know how to sculpt Agrippa accurately, and knowing he’d be curious about his heritage, I constructed a fascinating family history that would have made any newly birthed mythological creature proud.
As I collected tins of first snow and carefully hid them in the freezer, I knew the world was finally mine and I was destined to live the most incredibly awesome life ever imagined, and nothing could have prevented it…
Until I discovered the hard way that refrigerators came equipped with a thaw feature. All my carefully stacked magically imbued briquettes had been reduced to not-so-magical freezer run-off that dripped impotently into a catch tray.
Needless to say, I have yet to bring Agrippa into existence. And life, well, it hasn’t quite reached that most incredibly awesome high water mark yet.
But where there’s hope…
In the meantime, sally forth and be Merry Griffinmasly writeful.
©2013 Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys
Lovely! “I knew we’d be financially sorted for life.” Hope you had a sunny California holiday 🙂
It was a quiet holiday, partially spent between two bars: a Korean karaoke bar with an absolutely insane bartender who danced “Coyote Ugly” style on the bar discussing how dry a certain part of her anatomy was (no, not her armpits); and a neighborhood bar that was a proper dive, without the dangerous aspect of being stabby. The weather was mild, though. Much better than the folks back east are currently wrestling with.
How was your Thai holiday?
Busy, busy and busy. Which means I didn’t get enough alone time. I like a good balance. I’ll never be one of those busy types. I’m not complain’ tho’ twas fun, and now I’m back to work. NOOOOOO.
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