Drawn Out

Little Miss Thing, age 7: “Daddy, I just drew a portrait of Mama from my notepad. Do you want me to draw you, too?”

Me: “Of course! That sounds delightful.”

(perches on couch, staring at me)

(pencil scratching noises)

LMT: “No, that’s no good. It doesn’t even look like you.”

(crumples paper, throws on floor)

(pencil scratching noises)

LMT: “Nope. I hate this one.”

(crumples paper, throws on floor)

(pencil scratching noises)

LMT: “Here you go! Looks just like you!”

(hands me drawing)

Me: “Awww, honey that’s perfect. It looks just like me.”

LMT: “You can have it. Hang it up wherever you want.”

Me: “Thanks.”



(at Gen Con)

Geeky Woman: “You are so adorable!”

Me: “Me?” (looks at boyfriend, he shrugs)

GW: “Yeah. You’re so fuzzy.”

Me: (keeps walking) “Thank you.”

GW: “I saw you earlier and wanted to tell you.”

Me: “Well, I don’t get called adorable very often.” (is she following me?)

GW: “What can I say? I just love dwarves!”

Me: “Yeah, I usually get Viking. But I guess Dwarf…”

GW: “Do you ever braid your beard? I always just want to braid long beards.”

Me: “Yeah, a couple times I’ve…”

GW: “I love it! Do you ever braid your hair and put those metal things in it?”

Me: “No, but I’d like to try…”

GW: “That’s awesome! You are awesome.”

Me: “Uhh…thank you.”

GW: “Have a great Gen Con.”

Me: “I will. You, too.” (keeps walking)

Passing Teen: “It’s a Patrick Rothfuss theme this year.”

Second Passing Teen: “Who is Patrick Rothfuss?”

PT1: “You know him. He’s that author with a big bushy beard that looks like… well, it looks like that dude’s beard.”

PT2: “Oh, yeah, I know who you mean.”

Me: “Glad to help.” (keeps walking)

Nothing But The Booth

(at small town festival, spot a Viking booth)

Me: “Oh, hey! I know The Asatru Community. I follow you guys on Facebook. I didn’t know you did info booths at events.”

Booth Guy: “This is our first one. We’re trying to let people know that we’re an international organization but we have lots of regional groups that hold events.”

Me: “That’s awesome! I love all the chatter from people all over the world about what it means to them to be Viking. In fact, I just got a cool tattoo…” (obligatory tattoo show)

Booth Folks: (obligatory oohs and ahhs)

Booth Guy: “So do you attend events?”

Me: “No, I’m not what you’d call a practicing Viking. Mostly I just make Viking references and I have a blog called Very Vocal Viking, but it’s mostly just crazy stuff my kids say.”

BG: “That sounds cool.  I’d read that.”

Me: “Yeah, and lately a lot of strangers have started just telling me flat out that they think I look like a Viking.”

BG: “Yeah, when I first saw you across the way, I said – that guy’s definitely a Viking.”

Me: “I guess I just have that look.”

BG: “You really do.”