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Gno Respect

Updated on October 24, 2012

Psssst. Hey, down here. When did it come to this? Just when did we reach the point in society where a person just walks past a gnome in need? In case you haven't noticed, that's my head laying there on the ground, and that's my springy neck sticking straight up into the air. Does this look comfortable to you?

I know, it's not a good look, but it wasn't always like this. For years I was taken care of, life was good for a gnome. Bushes were trimmed, the grass was cut, and the place was in order. Hey, at least I had a view. Every fall, I was cleaned before being stored away with the other lawn ornaments for the Winter. The years past and Mrs. Givens went away and never came back. That's when you showed up.

Now I sit out here, my clothes faded and my boots worn as I fight through the elements while holding this splinter ridden welcome sign in my hands. That's right, I held on to the sign. My head is on the ground, a spider lives inside my mouth and yet I still managed to hang on to the welcome sign. What does that tell you about me? It tells you that I have a job to do and I do it, which is more than I can say for you.

There's no yard gnome union, I'm afforded no benefits, and as you can clearly see, there is no respect. And yet I do my job with a smile on my face. But don't let this silly little face fool you, I will straight get medieval on your tail.

A little bit about me: My name's Larry and no, I don't like the snow. I was assembled in Mexico and brought here illegally in the back of a box truck with thousands of others. I fell in love on that truck, with a four inch ball of fire named Roberta. We made plans and dreamed of someday littering our own yard with little Larry's but it wasn't meant to be. The truck stopped, boxes were shipped, and I found myself on the shelf at a WalMart in Ardmore, Oklahoma, next to a lawn sprinkler. Yet I still hold the sign...

Welcome...who are we kidding anyway? You haven't had company over here in almost 6 months. Take a hint, even your mother hasn't stopped by. Who am I welcoming, the pizza guy? Not if you don't start tipping better bud. Trust me, you keep stiffing these guys on a tip and you're going to find some extra toppings on your pie. What you should be doing is asking them for a job application, you dolt.

And then there's the on the job hazard by way of that decrepit cat of yours. Look, I'm a six inch Gnome with a little bird attached to my hand, do you have any idea what kind of dangerous working conditions that stupid thing poses for me? Of course you don't, and you don't care.

Sometimes, when it's really cold out, I imagine the tables are turned and your pudgy arse is out here icing over while I sit on the warm couch inside that depressing house of yours watching Game of Thrones. In this little fantasy, I open the door, walk outside and kick your bearded head out into the street to see just how much you appreciate it. Afterwards I drink a few pints of Guinness and laugh as a car comes down the road to crush your cold plastic head. I like to call this little plan the Human Genome Project. What? I have a lot of time to myself.

You see, I have hopes and dreams. Not that you care, you can't even keep a garden. Here's a hint, try planting things in the sunlight, you twit. That one's on the house, just like you're impending foreclosure.

But seriously, who's to say I won't one day find Roberta, move to Hawaii, change clothes and plant my feet in the sand while I still have a few good years left. We can spend the rest of our magical little lives on the beach. Gnomes like beaches too you know. So as I--what was that, was that rain? Great. Just great.


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    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks static!

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      Jim Higgins 

      8 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is a whimsical and really humorous little story with a great point of view and play on words.

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      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks PDX, much appreciated!

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      Justin W Price 

      8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Ha. That's pretty funny and clever, my friend. Well done. Shared.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you shining! I'm hoping Larry finds her too, and that beach!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hre's to hoping Robert and Larry come together and provide endless little gnomes! Yours is such a wonderful sense of humor. How you spin such a funny and well written article out of a gnome just solidifies what I've been saying all along - you are a fantastic writer.

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      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks tillsontitan, I appreciate it! Hopefully Larry will get his head on straight!

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      This couldn't have been better. I can see the world from Larry's point of view, all sidewalk slanted up with a sky on top. Poor Larry ... and Roberta, does she even know?

      You have an amazing sense of humor and it shows! Voted up, funny, and awesome, but wish there was an amazing button! Shared too.

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      8 years ago from NC

      Gnomes of the world unite!! haha. Great hub. I will never look at one of these things the same way again.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I'm heading over now Kathy! Thanks for stopping by!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Bill, I had a little help from old Larry!

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      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Sometimes you have to do what you have to do Rochelle, thanks!

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      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Larry will be a very happy ma---gnome!

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      8 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Did you know there is a group known as garden gnome liberationists? I kid you not! I wrote a hub about it! :) :) You're not a member of this group, are you? .... eying you suspiciously... Ha!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is as creative and funny a hub as I have read in a very long time. Hilarious, Pete! Great job! Power To Gnomes!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      And I will stop using my gnomes for self-defense . . . except in an emergency.

    • lindalou1963 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      I shall now have Gnome Respect.... begging pardon of the gnomes in the neighborhood. :)


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