Changing Moccasins — Point of View
Write the scene from three different points of view.
There once was a Woodshop owner whose life had gone astray for many years. His woodshop layed dormant and gathered many a cobweb while the two gnome guards stood out front and weathered the storms and the Wicked and Brutal Tennessee Mother Winter. They would see the Woodshop owner from time to time pass by without a single glance their way. Tears began to fall from their eyes causing them to fade in color over the many years.
Then one day in the Early Summer of 2014, something changed in the Woodshop owner. He was suddenly walking straight toward them with a smile upon his face. Day after day, into the long hours of the night he began to work in the shoppe cleaning and sorting. Tossing out and putting items into big white sacks. Oh how the guards shivered in fear as they anticipated the worst as the Woodshop owner approached with the big broom. He simply moaned and swept as he placed them back in their places after he had given them a clean place to stand. They were encouraged by this new change. Hoping that they were able to stay.
They watched nervously as one day the Woodshop owner and his wife came outdoors with two new gnomes that were fresh in paint and very sharply dressed. They both felt their hearts sink as they viewed the smiles on the two owners faces as they rounded the corner of the main house. Oh, they were not walking toward them at all but to the front portion of the main building where the other gnomes had their posts. Who was having to leave? Would they all be allowed to stay among the plants out there?
Several days past with more and more of the white sacks being loaded out. The Woodshop owner’s wife began to stop often to visit, commenting each time on how nice things were beginning to look to the Woodshop owner’s new beginning to a new life.
During one of the visits, the Woodshop owner’s wife stopped and nealt down to get a closer look at the two of us standing guard on the porch. She simply smiled and continued on to speak with her husband. The following day after leaving they returned and the wife strolled out to the workshop and stopped at the porch area where the two gnomes were guarding. She smiled as she picked up the two and tucked them gently into her arms. The Woodshop owner noticed her and asked where she was heading with his gnomes with a heavy concern in his voice. She softly replied for him not to fret that she would be kind and show lots of love and compassion. She told him that she was not going far away and that they would not be gone long.
She had prepared a work area all lined with a soft surface as she gingerly sat each gnome down to look at each other. She simply said poor babies and disappeared into another room. She sat at the work area for several hours taking a break to allow them to dry in between, rotating between each and snapping photographs to document their transformation.
The Woodshop owner kept coming in to refill his coffee often, and would peek over trying not to let her notice. She would smile and ask him if he wanted to see the progress and he would come running over to comment on each one with a big smile. The two gnomes suddenly felt quite important and quite loved. Within two days every detail was touched up and refreshed and the pair were returned to their prior posts on the porch of the Woodshop to stand guard. They both suddenly felt very important.
The Woodshop owner came out to view their new positions on the porch and was smiling. He kissed his wife. Then he returned back in to the Woodshop, feeling content.
That was the story of the Guard gnomes, the Woodshop owner and his wife.