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. : )
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