Aye, talk like a pirate. A Grotto pirate.
One of my favorite spots on the MMU campus is in need of some TLC—parts of Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto are falling into disrepair. I guess gluing rocks to cement is not a long-term construction solution for the climate of Iowa.
Anyway, I know the Art Program has ongoing efforts to preserve the Grotto, and more power to them.
It’s a serene place, both a place of folk art and a place of spiritual symbolism. As you can see from my earlier posts, I do like the Grotto.
But it would be whole lot cooler with, ala Loch Ness, a mysterious creature. Picture it, some tipsy juniors are erratically weaving their way back in the general direction of the Lower Campus apartments, when suddenly a scaly head breaks the surface of the calm Grotto pond. No sound needed—beyond the student’s startled screams.
Ta-dah! Instant sobriety.
Or think of how much more exciting campus tours would be if a few “don’t feed the creature” signs were necessary to ensure safety near the murky, mysterious waters of the MMU pond.
Sigh. The best we can do is an aggressive squirrel or two. And a couple of drakes.
But that’s OK. The upcoming “Walk of Mercy,” part of the MMU Center project, will make the Grotto a more prominent part of campus. I don’t think that will detract from it—in fact, I think it’s an enhancement.
Still, can’t blame a guy for wishing for a little Loch Ness magic.