Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Slaying a Gorilla




Upstate NY has beautiful clouds. They puff all over the sky, like a flock of sheep scurrying in the wind. You just don't get clouds like that in North Carolina. It was a beautiful day with my folks, and we spent a good long time in the car, driving through the lovely country under the spectacular cloud studded sky. It almost made me wish I still lived here...but Binghamton was pulling a bait and switch. Yes, the summers are spectacular in this part of the country, but then the winter comes, and it stays, and stays, and stays.... Still, there are those magnificent clouds.

I rode my clown bike in the morning along the Susquehanna river. I was out quite early, and the mist was still rising from the river. I saw a great blue heron flap his enormous wings and glide across the river as I pedaled by. The rest of the village was still inside snoring, the air still chilled. Life seems to slow down here, and I have been so enjoying the still and languid peace.

Well, there was one task my mother wanted done. The wooden reindeer I had made for her last summer had lost an antler. Mom wanted me to glue in a new one. She went hunting for nice potential twigs for antlers while I tried to open the top of the Gorilla Glue that we had used only once, last year when I glued the first antlers in place. We could not squeeze out any glue. The tip was clogged with Gorilla Glue which means nothing but a particle accelerator would be powerful enough to open it. I went to Asherel, who I have learned, can quietly do just about anything. She had just received a big box of tools from my Dad as her gift.She quickly found an ax and headed with the little bottle of clogged Gorilla Glue to the curb.

"Be careful," I warned, looking anxiously at the sharp ax head, and the tiny bottle of Gorilla Glue.
We all watched as with one deft whack, she sliced off the tip of the gorilla glue, leaving the threads on it so that the cap could still be screwed back on. She is a wonder.

I reglued the new antler and we smiled at our handiwork as the clouds scurried by overhead, like angels hurrying to a divine appointment.

Deuteronomy 4:39 (NIV)
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NIV)
...God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.




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