Shrooms & Such


We’re about halfway through Gnomevember, and so far so good.  The kids really seem taken with all of the gnomes around the library.  The gnome hunt has been the biggest hit so far, and people seem reluctant to play Game of Gnomes.  I think it’s that whole “if I can’t grasp the concept within two seconds, then it’s more hassle than it’s worth” mentality that I can’t seem to break through.  We have one family who has come in every Friday who can hardly wait to play the game several times before they leave.  I’m going to try and figure out a different way to pitch it to patrons (short ‘n sweet’s the goal).  We’ll see.  I’ll let you know.

But that’s not why I wanted to write this post.  I wanted to write about something that I should have seen coming from a mile away.  No!  Two miles – minimum.  Just take a strolling scroll down to see what I’m talkin’ about:

The #1 most favorite thing for kids playing our games to do is to put the mushroom stickers over the gnome’s pupils.  It happens several times per day.  Every time we wait for the children to leave, and then gently perform some eye surgery to relocate the stickers.

That poor gnome’s pupils have had to be re-Sharpied several times, and I’m worried that eventually it’s going to tear through the paper.

Yes, we’ve talked about just leaving the mushrooms where they’re stuck – but come on!  Scroll back up, look at him, and tell me that that is not creepy.  It looks like the gnome’s tripping out of his mind.

And yes, we’ve had one “crotchshroom” incident with a boy old enough to know exactly what he was doing as his mom stood by and seemed oblivious to what a phallic symbol is.  Yes, “surgery” was performed in that case too.

It’s just one of those things that reminds me of who my audience is, and that to them it’s the funniest spot for a sticker possible.  In my childhood, I’d like to think that I would have been all over the objective to “build a throne,” at least my earlier childhood years.  Getting closer to 10 or 11?  I would’ve gone for the laughs.

And yes, as an adult I laugh quite a bit at how obvious it was that this would happen.