As a perennial procrastinator I sheepishly admit that some years my Spring cleaning doesn’t get done until Autumn. This year, however, I promised myself extra chocolate if I accomplished these tasks in a timely fashion.
I toiled away at these mundane chores for two months. I noticed Henri was conspicuously absent for several hours every day. (As usual!) He even put Porthos on guard duty for an extended time.
One day as I was putting away some cleaning supplies I saw Henri furiously writing page after page at his desk. Several crumpled sheets of paper littered the floor. When I inquired as to what he was writing, he explained that he had been chosen to give a Gned Speech at the local Gnomic Lodge. Gnamed after Gneddly Gnomington IX, Gned Speeches became very popular in the gnineteenth century. Gnomington spoke on a variety of subjects; often to standing-room-only crowds. (Very similar to today’s TED Talks.) Henri was worried as he clearly had big, (er, small) shoes to fill.
Henri was rather nervous on the day of the presentation. He had obtained a special pass for me to enter the Lodge. Humans are rarely admitted to the Gnomic Lodge and I was the first mermaid to attend a meeting. The Gnomic Hall was buzzing with excitement as everyone took their seats. My seat was at the back of the room, because for once, I was the tallest person in the room.
Henri introduced his topic; Gnomic Influence in Architecture. The audience gnodded approval. Henri had made a slide show of the six buildings about which he chose to speak. Obviously, gnomes have had a sizeable impact on architecture all over the world.
There was thunderous applause at the end of his speech. Henri beamed with pride. Then we all went out for ice cream. And that is how Henri avoided Spring cleaning yet again!
©Morgaine du Mer 2019
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