Every year September catches me off guard by how beautiful it is. It cools off but everything retains its high summer vigor. The night air chills enough to keep most of the mosquitos at bay. At this moment A and the kids are sitting on our little front porch watching the stars come out and listening to the crickets sing. It’s heavenly.
So here’s a bit of news in the form of a riddle. One of my favorite parts in The Hobbit is the riddling. I love Bilbo’s and Gollum’s riddle competition at the bottom of the mountain, and Bilbo’s riddles for the dragon Smaug. So I thought I’d share a little riddle with you:
I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off. -Sylvia Plath
Can you solve the riddle? I think it’s a beautiful one and wonderfully descriptive.
Here’s a hint.
Here’s another hint that will make it way too easy to guess.
I won’t take away all the fun by telling you everything. Aaron’s family has a tradition of letting people guess if a baby will be a boy or a girl. I thought it’d be fun to let those who want to leave their guess as a comment. According to the tradition correct guesses win a candy bar. So guess away. We’ll reveal the gender in the next day or so.
Just so you know I made the drawing before I knew the gender so there are no hints in the sketch.