Liberate the Gnomes

This is a serious subject apparently.  I am going to be brutally honest with this post.  I have a fear of Gnomes.  Go ahead and laugh.  I happen to know several people who have a fear of clowns.  Clowns don’t bother me that much.  But Gnomes……..

It was a hidden fear.  A recent revelation.  And I owe that to first of all to the business (who shall remain nameless) who insists upon using a garden gnome as their mascot (?).  I guess it’s much like the agency who uses a gecko.  Anyway, that Gnome is creepy.  Don’t trust him.

As I researched for this post I came upon the father of all creepy Gnomes – yes, the “king”, if you will. I will post his picture here and I have to tell you that the caption under this picture has the word “creepy” in it.

I have discovered that Gnomes have quite a following.  I have a daughter-in-law who happens to like Gnomes – and she happens to make greeting cards with these creatures on them.  AND she takes delight in making said cards and sending them to me. If I were her I would sleep with one eye opened.  Because of the Gnomes, not because of me 😉

I came across a website titled: Free The Gnomes – Stop Oppressive Gardening – the official site in support of Garden Gnome Liberation.  I am serious. Here is the link: http://www.freethegnomes.com/.  I have a great respect for this site. They point out some pretty  intense stuff about Gnomes being enslaved in gardens across America.  I agree with them.  Set them free for crying out loud!

When I see them I can’t help but think of the Winter Queen in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and how she turned the woodland creatures to stone.  I even feel sad.  Especially when you see those that are in great need of repair and fresh paint.  Come on people.  If you are going to “keep” them in your gardens then at least take care of them properly.

I love the tales of faeries and leprechauns and Kings and Queens and Faery God Mothers and all the “Once Upon a Time” stories from old and I’m sure Gnomes have their proper place in them (although I think I recall them not being the friendliest of faery tale folk) but I’m still uncomfortable with their presence.  I’m trying to see the good in them and through my searchings I have come across a few friendly looking Gnomes.  Maybe I can warm up to them if my clown fearing friends can warm up to clowns.

This guy seems harmless and cute in a way – like Sleepy of the 7 Dwarfs.  BUT – I can’t help but think that when I walk away and I actually turn my back on them – well, they weren’t really sleeping, were they?  The image of Bilbo Baggins, when he sees “My Precious” again, and his face turns – well you know.  I think you saw it!

So goes my ramblings about Garden Gnomes.  Please do not send me any – they will be promptly returned or perhaps set free!

cb 😀

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