Gnomes and Their Secret Lives
NEOGARDEN - Garden gnomes-the funny-looking, rosy-cheeked, big-eyed statues that
sit in your garden looking happy and stone stiff all day long. But what happens
when darkness falls? I took it upon myself to find out, and this is what I discovered…
First, let’s start off with a description of what a garden gnome exactly is.
A garden gnome is a stout, hand crafted or factory made little sculpture with
a cheerful face that makes anyone, even the grumpiest Skeith, give a smile.
Most of you probably knew that, but what you may not know is what garden gnomes
do at night.
You see, garden gnomes are just like people. They love to talk to each other,
eat, play, and do mostly anything-except that they do it all at night, and sleep
during the day. I guess that makes them nocturnal!
The reason why they continue their lives at night is because they don’t want
anyone to see them moving around. This is pretty practical, considering the
fact that if any regular person saw them talking and moving, they’d want to
put them in some sort of abnormality museum!
But what do garden gnomes do at night? Well, I was watching out my window at
the gnomes in my garden one night, and I saw one, a Bruce gnome, have them all
line up in a row as he paced back and forth in front of them, a small twig in
his hand like he was the instructor of a military camp.
He was telling each gnome which direction to go in order to pick up free food.
You see, garden gnomes thrive like ants. They all go off to find food that people
may have dropped accidentally or on purpose, and sometimes they even venture
into houses and borrow food with no intention of returning (also known as stealing,
but they take such small portions most people never even notice). After retrieving
food they rush back to their home center (which is usually a tunnel in the ground
leading into a large, dug out room, since gnomes are not claustrophobic) and
report to the leader, in this case the Bruce gnome. He then tallies their lot
and tosses the foot morsel into another room in their tunnel, where they store
their food. They act sort of like chipmunks, storing food and hunting for it,
of course, gnomes are not carnivores though.
And, to their enormous pleasure, when they have collected a lot of food, they
sit down at have a feast! Yes, a feast! It’s a feast of little sweets, candy
peas, popcorn pieces, and sometimes even whole flower cakes (although they take
more than one gnome to carry). But besides eating, what else do gnomes do? Well,
I’m glad you asked.
You wouldn’t suspect this, but when they have leisure time, gnomes enjoy swimming.
They are very pleased to find a Neogarden where someone owns a pond. They jump
right in, clothes and all, and swim and dive around in the cool water fro hours
at a time. And when they want to dry off, they take a large leaf and wrap themselves
up in it, drying off quickly.
Aside from swimming, gnomes also enjoy crafts. They may take green blades of
grass and weave adorable little baskets or even blankets. They can also take
pieces of bark off of trees and sticks and carve them with sharp stones into
little sculptures. Gnomes are very talented in the artistic field, and if you
see a stick carved into a Meepit, you know who did it.
Aside from swimming and crafts, another thing gnomes enjoy is sports. They
might play their own version of soccer by kicking around a rounded stone, or
even play basketball by throwing a rock into a hole. This not only provides
exercise, but gives them lots of time together to just have fun.
But when they aren’t playing and having fun, what do they do? Throughout the
whole day, they sleep, and at night they either have fun or look for food, so
there’s only a little bit of time left for something else-note-taking! This
is sort of like their education, which is actually an education of…what else?
Note-taking is when gnomes grab their oversized pencils and paper, which they
“borrow” from Neopets, then marching through the sleeping pet’s house and going
to their bedroom, where they climb up on the bed and observe the neopet’s sleeping
habits. They are trying to find out where Neopets came from. Maybe all Neopets
evolved from Myncis! :-P
Another sort of educational activity that gnomes practice is counting. It isn't
counting like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, though, no, no no! It's counting in a
different way. The gnomes version of counting may be why your plushies eye was
missing when you woke up.
Gnomes will trample in when you are catching some Z's (it seems all of their
educational activities are while Neopets are slumbering) and then they will
be assigned a number (by there leader, the Bruce gnome) and then they shall
go "counting" which, in other words, is another type of stealing. They have
to pick up ten, for example (or however many their number is) trinkets, like
plushie eyes, toothpicks, or buttons, and bring them back to their tunnel, storing
them in a safe place. What they do with them I do not know, but I suspect they
might make furniture or something of the sort using what they found.
One last thing I found out is that gnomes are a fan of bright colors and patterns.
In the early morning, I saw them getting ready for bed and they were wearing
long pants and long sleeved shirt PJ's of hot pink, bright purple, lime green,
and sunny yellow color. Some had stripes, some had polka dots, and some even
had swirlies! Gnomes are very interesting, no?
Now you know what gnomes do when you aren’t looking, what their secret life
is all about. If you look out your window at night, you might be able to see
them moving and hear them talking in their high pitched voices. But be warned-if
they see you watching them, well, I won’t go there…