“Tell me a story?”
“A long story?”
“No, not a long story. It is too late”
“How long will it be?”
” About four minutes and thirty seconds long”
“A true story?”
“How about a partly true story?”
Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a castle in a place called Naples. This Naples is the one in the kingdom of Florida, not the one kingdom of Italy and this Naples does have dragons but they are smaller…
One of the things that this princess did with her days was taking care of the castle. Castles can be very large, and at least in Naples they can sometimes be very demanding. But they’re castles so you must understand that it’s in their nature…
One morning, not too very long ago, the princess woke up and felt that something was not right. And afraid of a disaster the princess ran fast and faster! -to the very front of the castle to the staircase in the great entry hall. And, she was right to be concerned, the castle was sad. It was most sad in the area of the stairway. The princess was perplexed. How would she cheer up the castle? Castles are meant to be as cheerful as possible. She asked it, but it did not know. It had flowers and plants and beautiful birds and fish. It had paintings and sculpture and music and people. What was the castle missing? What did it need?
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This troubled the princess; she took her caretaking role very seriously. So she thought and she thought and she did research. She went out into the land of Naples and looked at many things that the castle might like. One day she came upon a festival in a square. There were jugglers and acrobats and musicians and balloon animal makers. But, best of all there was a bubble blowing boy. All the people watched the boy dip his wand into his magic mixture and send out streams of beautiful bubbles. And all who looked on were entranced. The princess studied the boy carefully and realized that he seemed very happy too. She decided this was a good sign.
The princess waved to the boy and he came over to talk to her. She asked him if he would blow the magic bubbles for the stairway of her castle as a full time gig. But he was very wise about bubbles and said that it wouldn’t be a good idea to blow bubbles all day inside and it would be a dangerous idea to blow them on stairs. That could be messy and slippery, really quite dangerous.
So the princess kept looking. But, she was very discouraged. She knew not to give up, but also she knew that it is important to take care of yourself while taking care of a castle. So she called her princess sister-in-law and they did lunch. Over lunch she described her idea to her sister-in law and it turned out to be a good thing she did.
She (the sister-in-law) knew a man in a far away land called New Jersey, where there are no dragons who also blew magic bubbles. She said that these were a different kind of bubble, heavier, but more permanent. And what this man did was make things out of the bubbles for keeping castles happy all over the world. This man’s name was Robert Kuster.
So the princess called him on the phone and described her idea. The different magic bubble man agreed and about one month later he built a ginormous bubble sculpture for the castle stairs. The stairs, the castle the princess and her sister-in-law, the magic bubble boy and the different magic bubble man have all been living happily ever since.
The moral of this story is “Do your research, ask an expert and think outside the box and you too can have a happy castle”