Nothing is quite as grounding as visiting my parents’ house — not for any higher emotional reasons, but for the sheer hilarity. I have two short examples to share for your mid-week lighter fare.
First, my mother took great care to make sure I saw her living sculpture of onions. These are sprouting on a fine china plate that is also elevated to a special status on top of a glass cake stand. Note the onion skin that has been pushed off of the bulb by the new growth. Try — if you can handle it — to process how long it took for this skin to be raised aloft to this level, undisturbed. “I just thought it was cool and amazing, so I have let it keep going. Be sure to get a shot where you can see I have it on the cake stand.” Mom has always had an artist’s eye, and she really took it to a new level for me with this combined science project and onion sculpture.
Now, padre. I’m not sure what to say about this, except on the same day I found the onion art I passed this newspaper clipping in the kitchen. Yes, that is correct, it says “Poland marks mixed memories of knights.” I love the alliteration and the photograph of the battle recreation. This is the kind of thing I find scattered around mom and dad’s house all the time, and though maybe I should be used to it by now this one just really cracked me up. I think it’s the “news item” feel of a clipping with an “action shot” featuring a long, long-over period from a country many people may not even remember is a country. When is the last time you saw Poland in the news? Well, I’ve just fixed that for you. You can thank me later, perhaps over a cup of mead.
We can quaff until that skin falls off the onion. What say?