Disclaimer: The following is not meant to offend anyone in any way, is not reference to any person, real or fictional, and is purely intended as artful literature to be shared and commented upon. With special consideration for certain lab mice
The solemn ticking of a worn grandfather clock, standing majestically in the great hall, echoes across the icy ground. His pendulum, though accurate and resolute, rang as if silent only a few nights ago, under the horde of fireworks ushering in the new year. Every month, when the maid comes by, a layer of dust gets swept from his top, and his glass is cleaned both inside and out. She steps back for a moment afterwards, to admire his old yet graceful presence, and for the rest of that day at least, he feels proud.
At the opposite end of the hall stand four pedestals, each with a representation of the elements, cradled in their stone bowls. The fire must be tended every day, to keep its flame alight and healthy. The water gets refreshed once per week, during which time the children are taught about its importance in life. A vibrant array of wild flowers symbolize earth, and are changed out with the seasons, to be planted back into the school garden. The final receptacle is left bare, save for a few marks and scratches, where students have placed all manner of objects, leaving its light grey surface unceremoniously scratched, though not badly.
Evening falls once more, as the grandfather clock takes in a deep breath of cold winter air, his oaken body creaking and groaning as he winds up in preparation to "bong" at midnight. His chime resounds the sagacious sentiment that professor Mei pinned to the cork board for Monday's class:
As you walk intrepidly into the new year, have the courage to stand by your convictions. Be sincere in each promise you make, whether spoken or otherwise implied. Seek to understand why some of you, like the many beautiful and varied animals and plants of our world, may be loved more easily than others. Learn to appreciate that diversity. Do not take friendship lightly, but give what kindness you can to those who might be less fortunate than yourself.
A la. The Tale of Bunny, I'd be interested to hear people's reaction to this. Please leave your thoughts below or send me a PM.
Thank you for reading, and happy new year!