As I continue along the path of discovery, clinging to the belief that I may yet define a niche or direction for my Blog, I find myself questioning every thought, every ambivalent nugget of inspiration, each solitary idea. And as topics come and go, sentences and paragraphs crafted and abruptly deleted, I’m reminded of similar struggles, and how I’ve overcome the challenges week in, week out. At some point in the process, as always, I pause and ask myself the poignant question;
What’s on tap this week?
A smattering of retro.
The excerpt below is a postscript to a children’s story I wrote several years ago. The tale revolves around a young boy, bullied at school, who befriends an unusual and unlikely ally. I won’t spoil the end for you, sufficed to say, someone does get eaten. For anyone interested, you’ll find a link to the digital booklet at the end of the post.
Thanks for reading.
I must clarify that although I’ve never seen one, I have it on the greatest authority that sewer serpents do exist. They do not eat children however, and to my knowledge, there have been only three confirmed cases of public works employees being eaten. Sewer serpents eat mostly rats and the occasional alligator. But be forewarned, should you ever come across an open sewer grate, or perhaps a city crew digging a great hole in the middle of the road, be wary, for a hungry serpent may be lurking within. Standard practice dictates that a 5-person crew is required at any road excavation site. We have all seen them. One worker, usually the most fearless, stands within grasping distance of the excavation, working feverishly, while the others stand nearby, seemingly doing nothing. Do not be fooled however, for aside from malingering, the others have a function of great importance. They are the lookouts, the eyes and ears of the poor sought who flirts with death. Policy guidelines dictate that for every employee actually working on a site, a minimum of four others must be present to guard against serpent attack. You will not read this in any safety manual my friends, but it is an unspoken truth in matters of sanitation and sewer safety.
So the next time you happen upon a great hole in the middle of the road, count how many workers are present and understand why it takes five to do the work of one. To that end, know that sewer serpents are taken very seriously to this day.