Thursday, February 4, 2010

While I Was Sleeping...

A love story bloomed. 

Allow me to introduce Wicklow, the Merry Reader of Brigadoonberry (better known as my bookshelf).  He and his band of friends have been my faithful companions for a year now.  Lively, spritely, and jovial, Wicklow was a popular lad.  As all library gnomes are wont to do, he read and read and read until the sun shone through the curtain veil.  When he wasn't reading, he enthralled audiences with brave tales of tempests, labours, love lost and found, and of course, happy endings. 

But Wicklow had a secret, one he hid deep in his heart.  He was lonely.  He tried to fill the emptiness in a million different ways.

He played hide-and-seek with Sir Dooley...

 He watched Cake Challenge till his eyes burned...

He threw back pints with his best mates, Londonderry and Dublin...

All to no avail.  No matter what he did, his heart still felt empty.  

Until last night.  When he met her.

Wicklow fell in love for the first time in his life.  Having never been in love, Wicklow naturally wondered how he could get her to notice him.  So, he began to devise ways of impressing her.

He thought, "Shall I write a sonnet?"

He thought, "Shall I play jazz?"

He thought, "Shall I sing of my travels?"

Yet, none of them seemed right.  He was not a sonnet.  He was not jazz.  He was not a grand adventure.  He was just Wicklow, a library gnome.  And in the end, being the smart fellow that he was, Wicklow did the right thing.  He showed her...himself.

And she was impressed by his honesty...and his herb garden.

So when the moon reached its zenith, they got married.

And had wonderful children together.

Now, Wicklow's heart is full and satisfied.   And my bookshelf is filled with little readers eager to begin their lives as library gnomes-and-a-half.  We couldn't be happier (or cheesier).

To love, literature, and lutefisk.  Happy Valentine's month, folks.


  1. Haha! Cute! Especially love the "playing hide n' seek w/ Dooley."

  2. ha! hilarious. i love it. happy valentine's month to you too.


  3. You are hilarious, and I gotta tell you. Every time I open your blog and see the header and the little tagline: I eat you, I nearly soak my screen with whatever I happen to be drinking at the time.

  4. What a cute love story! I'll have to send you a pic of the two love birds on my bookshelves. Maybe they could all go out on couple dates. ;)

  5. What a beautiful and touching story worthy to be published in a book and stuck on a bookshelf. (Hmm, I guess it is already on a bookshelf, isn't it.)

    The best of luck to the couple on their journey through life together.

    Best Regards,
    Dr. Wendell A. Howe

  6. mkay, you MUST check this out:


  7. You are a great story teller. Cute little love story.

  8. I love this little adventure!! Make a book!!! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my blog! I wish you the best of luck in pursuing your career as a medical technician! I can totally relate to the feelings of self-consciousness about stepping down the ladder in order to climb up a new one. I definitely had to do that and I would even run into people I knew from my former industry while I was on an errand carrying a million garment bags and my boss's coffee! Very embaressing, but only momentarily! Haha, be thankful you won't have to do that! Brava to YOU for switching and doing something you love, and for trusting yourself!

  9. haha this is so great! love your profile picture. :)

  10. man, that is the sweetest story. i was rooting for him! "just be yourself," i whispered. *wink*

    good for him!

    wonderfully original post!!!

  11. Thank you, Linz, for your complimentary remarks on the Wendell Howe blog. I left my response on my blog, because it seemed impolite to come on your blog and talk about my blog. (Uh oh! That's what I'm doing now, isn't it?)

    By the way, I love your blog. It's whimsical in the true sense of the word.

    whim·si·cal [wímzik'l, hwímzik'l]
    1. fanciful: imaginative and impulsive
    2. amusing: slightly odd or playfully humorous, especially in an endearing way
    3. erratic or unpredictable: behaving in a way that is impossible to predict

    I like whimsical.

  12. Very creative--I felt sorry for the little guy.

  13. Aww! This is adorable and creative. I love it.

  14. this is so great! made me smile...big. love your blog!

  15. haha, I loveeee gnomes!
    So cute :-)

  16. haha!! I love gnomes! i have a sick obsession with cute little ones like this .... that doesn't leave this blog.


  17. Ha ha... I thought it read "He _showered_ her...himself." My baaaaaaaaad.

    Wow, you still got those gnomes from my partaaaay? AAAAAWESOME.

  18. of COURSE i do. wait...was it your bday party or nancy's bridal shower? i thought we bought it for nancy's bridal shower. now i'm confused. my noggin doesn't work the way it should anymore.