A Frog Named Prince

Some years ago I attended a local desert art fair in La Quinta, California. One artist’s stall displayed many gorgeous sculptures that were not in my budget; however, there was the cutest little sculpture of a green frog wearing a tiny brass crown and seated on a black base. He kind of waved to me. Or maybe he winked. I walked closer and read the brass plaque: The Frog Formerly Known as Prince, by artist, Mark Nordquist-2004. I laughed out loud, and had to buy it.

As you know, the desert can reach temperatures of close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, during the summer months. Many of us leave the air conditioning set at 86 and leave town. If you don’t leave the air on you can return home to melted candles and countless other disasters.

I stopped to dust my frog a couple of years ago and noticed he was missing an eye. I looked everywhere but could not find that black bead. Oh well, he was still handsome, and he wore his crown regally. A couple more years passed, and one day I noticed his crown had slipped. Then it fell off his head. I took some waxy glue stuff and stuck his crown back on. I figured he needed a little help.  He was aging, like me, and his vision was sometimes failing him, his hair losing some of its thickness and bounce. Do frogs have hair? Whatever, this is my story. : )

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This summer we had some brutal temperatures, and Prince’s crown fell off again. I knew it was time. There just wasn’t enough waxy glue stuff to keep it in place. The crown now rests beside him, next to his big feet. He’s still handsome, although for some reason he looks bald.

Do you have a similar frog/Prince in your home? Perhaps one who takes up space on the couch in front of the TV with a bag of chips in hand, and maybe…just maybe…a crown at his feet? If not, and you really want one, you can check out the artist’s website: www.marknordquiststudio.com

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18 Responses to A Frog Named Prince

  1. Sam Beck says:

    Slightly worse for wear frog prince is so cute.
    I have an angel with a broken wing. Nobody will own up to breaking it, but she’s cement so there’s no gluing her back together. But it feels like bad luck to throw away and angel so she still sits on the mantle.

    • Robena Grant says:

      I feel the same way, Sam. : )
      I have a Lladro dancing girl with one tiny finger broken, but no way she’s being tossed out. That missing finger makes her seem more valuable.

  2. One eye missing and without his crown he is still a cutie!

  3. Hi is very cute, Roben! I think he’s got lots of character now! I don’t have similar, but now I sort of want one. 🙂

  4. Robena Grant says:

    That’s it, Robin. He has character! : )

  5. Kady Winter says:

    Prince’s are just a little more approachable with a little wear and tear on them, don’t you think? Cute post, Robena!

  6. Janie Emaus says:

    You made me laugh with this post! He’s adorable, just like you.

  7. Kate Willoughby says:

    I think it’s even more appropriate that his crown has slipped.

  8. Debbie says:

    He’s adorable! I’ve got a giant snail that gets greener with the years that has traveled to 3 different homes in 15 years. He’s not cute… but he’s loyal as all get out!

  9. londonmabel says:

    lol Awww little FFKAP… so cute!

  10. Julie says:

    We do all age, don’t we, even frogs and princes. The trick, I’m finding, is to appreciate what wisdom and experience we gain, along with all the other “gifts.”