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Missing: Young Dutch Couple – Last Seen Smooching In Public On Front Lawn.

September 14th, 2011 by Magdalena Tabor
We live in a nice neighborhood. It’s quiet, the people are friendly, and the homes are well kept.  Most people like to put their own special touch on their property – give it personality, some character. It might be a pair of classical urns containing topiary and placed on either side of a doorway. Or perhaps something with a bit of whimsey like some oversized metal butterflies staked into the lawn. There’s one particular neighbor who likes to position antiques around his property; an old sewing machine, a beautiful spindleback settee, or a child’s tricycle to serve as planters. Trouble with this is that perfectly fine vintage pieces constructed of wood fall apart over time when left outdoors to weather the elements. It doesn’t seem to bother him though – he just throws them out and gets some more. How often have I imagined knocking on his front door to ask him how much he wants for a piece just so that I won’t have to see it waste away every time I walk past. The pint sized child’s roll top desk was a real treasure but I never got up the nerve to ask. It eventually fell to pieces like everything else. Another neighbor had a rare early 1800’s baby cradle holding begonias. I was angry at the stupidity of having to watch it warp and collapse within the year. However, I’m getting just a tad off the topic. What do I have on my front lawn? Whenever there’s a holiday or some special occasion, my family presents me with a piece of stone statuary. Once I was given a young Dutch couple; a sweet little girl and boy eternally poised in the act of kissing one another. They were two separate pieces, very heavy, and by no means very small. I’d say they were about two feet tall. They were very cute and made their home amongst my perfectly manicured shrubbery. They seemed happy enough. One year some tulips bloomed between them as if planned; symbolic of their undying love and commitment to one another.  Yes, life was good for the quaint twosome. Notice I am using the past tense, for I realized just yesterday that they have simply vanished! I couldn’t recall the last time I’d seen them. It could have been days, weeks, or even months ago. Were they hiding beneath the shrubs? Perhaps dozing behind the azalea bush? Could I have forgotten that I’d misplaced them? (I’m certain the crick in my back would have reminded me.)  No, they were most decidely gone . I was angered at this discovery; disbelieving that anyone would have the gall to make off with them. (I hesitate to use the word “steal” – it’s too ugly.) Considering their weighty proportions, a person couldn’t just simply walk off with them even if he or she had an accomplice. And as I will not compromise the integrity and good name of my neighbors, it must have been some passerby. Whoever it was would have done the dastardly deed by car, stealthily, by the cover of night. We do not live on a busy thoroughfare, so it might have been the person who delivers the NY Times in the wee hours of the morning. Or perhaps it was a fill-in postal worker gone postal. No. I will not begin to become suspicious of innocent people performing their daily work routine.  Let me just say, I am grateful that both were taken and not just one. Can you imagine the heartbreak of one without the other? I don’t think I could bear the constant bawling of the one left behind. Of course, I must explore the possibility that the two have left of their own accord. Therefore, I am resolved to believe that my sweet, young, Dutch couple have eloped and are now enjoying their honeymoon. My neighbor has told me that a friend of hers had her windmill missing some time ago. Have they gone the way of the windmill? Do they now believe themselves to be in Holland vacationing by the Zuiderzee? Perhaps I’ll never know, nor do I wish to for I should hate to see them on someone else’s front lawn. After all, what could I possibly say to them?

So……………………..whadayathink? Was this a classic case of kidnap or did this young couple decide to make their own way in the world? (Remember: What comes around, goes around. We create our own karma.)

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8 Responses to “Missing: Young Dutch Couple – Last Seen Smooching In Public On Front Lawn.”

  1. Chip Says:

    Call it what it is……..STEALING!! It’s a shame what this world has become. In an attempt to see it in a positive light (haha), maybe you’ll begin receiving photographs of the innocent couple on their honeymoon in various locations and one day they may reappear on your front lawn. I have heard of this happening with peoples garden gnomes. Do I believe that will happen, NO, but I can hope that it will so that you can once again enjoy them and think back on the incident with humor, thinking of all the good times they must have shared, as opposed to the anger which you must now feel.

  2. magdalena Says:

    If anything, I feel more sad and puzzled as to how anyone could do that. What would make a person stoop that low? I know the young Dutch couple are short but…….. and no, I doubt I’ll ever see them again. Maybe if I get a windmill they’ll come back.

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