Fantasy World. Knights, dragons, fights... all these fantasy elements not only remind us of late R.J.Dio, but also bring back childhood memories and excitement. Would the fabulous Krakow Dragon from Wawel Hill swallow up another innocent maid and then joyfully spit fire? Or was it the Lindworm of Klagenfurt, occasionally wrongly nicknamed the stone crocodile? Would we all turn to stone like the latter, full of fear, as we would see the dragon charge at us from its secret hideout? Or would we like Siegfried in the Nibelung song slay the beast just to be deceived ourselves in the most unexpected moment, as we bend down to drink a sip of water? Prince Valiant wouldn't come to the rescue this time. Maybe he lived in another century.
Sword & Marble. So we went to the knights festival on a sunny spring day and our youngest bravely went through a knights examination. We took quite some time to paint that dragon on the wooden shield with watercolors. Reward was, how else could it be, for the kids to be knighted in front of a cheering crowd. My boy did one thing different than the other kids: He didn't bend down. Maybe this is a good sign, to show backbone from early age on, and not always creep in the dust in front of self-proclaimed authorities. It was another lesson of life, if not for the kids, then at least for me. We would return for the next festival one year later with exciting wooden sword battles and crossbow shooting, which finally led to winning of a green marble as the price.