Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Once upon a time there was a woman who drove from her seaside home, over a mountain and into a valley where she sat in a field and began to build a castle out of words.
Every day she returned, leaving her family behind, her children crying, her husband gruff.
Soon, (sooner than most castles are built) she was finished and proud! She decided to sell the castle and make her family a FORTUNE! Forgetting for a moment that fortune finding was never the intent...
The Word Castle Builder put her masterpiece on the market. Many people came to look at the castle, which was miraculous in and of itself because the market for castles, at that time, was not hot. But, everyone who came to look, turned away. All agreed it was beautiful, all agreed it was interesting, but no one wanted to live there. UNTIL one day another woman, a Buyer of Castles, came again to take one, more, look.
This Buyer of Castles said "I want to buy this castle, I really do! But there is much work to be done. It is obvious this is your first castle, there are some cracks in the foundation, and the kitchen opens up to the living area (which would never happen in a TRUE castle) and the windows are askew. Fix those things and I will buy your castle. Oh, and here is a book on how to build them if you feel you need a manual. OH! and don't sell it to anyone else, okay?"
The Word Castle Builder was so happy! She spent weeks patching foundation, tearing down (and putting up) walls, replacing windows. And in the end, she had to admit it, the structure was more solid, more fantastic, even more wonderful that it was before. She sent word right away to the Castle Buyer that the work was complete.
When the Castle Buyer returned she was not impressed. "I am sorry, you did not address my concerns," she said. "I can not, therefore, IE, ergo, purchase your castle. But I LOVE how you build! How I love it! Can you please tell me when you next castle is ready to show?"
"That would be lovely," said the Word Castle Builder woman person. But in her heart, she felt like setting fire to everything around her, including the Castle Buyer and herself.
When the buyer left, the Word Castle Builder walked through the building trying to figure out what to do next. Trying to figure out why she came over the hill to this place to build it to begin with. And something funny happened.
She ran out into adjacent fields and began to build all sorts of castles, big ones, small ones, short ones, fat ones. She used the knowledge that Castle Buyer gave her and it was a much easier process this time. AND, who knew? There were Word Castle Builders living all around her, and they stopped by and helped out, giving great and important advice like "Too many turrets." Or "One stained glass window RIGHT there."
And then, two more buyers wanted to come and view castle number one. Should she show it? Should she keep it? She decided to leave it on the market, who knows? Word Castles might get hot again one day.