Every day, on my way to work, I pass a house with a dolphin statue featured proudly in the front yard.
It’s a curious thing. I’m pretty sure it’s made of wood. It’s cute, and the dolphin looks friendly.
But most of the time, when I glance out the window at it as I drive past, I can’t help but wonder, “….Why?”
I mean, it’s not a conventional choice for a lawn decoration. It’s no garden gnome, or one of those goose statues, or one of those fake deer used for archery practice that I constantly think are real. But how did the person who lives in that house come to own such a curious thing?
Is the person a hero to porpoises, and he was gifted the statue for some commendable deed?
Did the person receive it as an unusual present, and, unsure of where to put it, just stuck it in the front yard for passersby to admire?
Is the owner a carpenter of some kind, and the dolphin is a work they are especially proud of, so they put it on display?
Or… does the person just really like dolphins?
I may never have the answers to these questions, and that’s okay. Though, really, I am very curious to know the origins of the dolphin statue.
But even if I’ll never know, it gives me reason to wonder. And when I find things to wonder about – to theorize endlessly on the countless possibilities – I know that it’s still possible to find inspiration, even in such little things, and great stories can come from simple curiosities.
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