This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills writes about her daughter’s current lifestyle in Longyearbyen, the world’s most northern town. I thought the town may have been named for seeming to have a long year when the days are dark and sunless. But no, as I found out in this article, 12 facts you never knew about Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost city, it was named after American John Longyear who started the Arctic Coal Company there in 1906.
The article is worth a read for the information it shares. What spoke strongest to me, in these times of horrific shootings, was a sign displayed on the entrances to buildings:
“All the polar bears in this shop are already dead, please leave your weapon with the staff.”
The article explains that, as polar bears are quite common in the area, locals are required to carry high-powered rifles when they are out and about. There is no need for them indoors.
It was thoughts of her daughter’s icy environment that inspired Charli’s challenge to In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story on ice. It can be an event on ice, a game on ice or a drink on ice. Go where the prompt leads you.
My thoughts went immediately to Elsa in the movie Frozen, based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. In the movie, Elsa has the power to turn things to ice. The song Let It Go became very popular, and for a while I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a little girl dressed as Elsa, or hearing another one singing it. I didn’t mind. I love the song and blue is my favourite colour. I couldn’t help but smile at the enthusiasm with which the girls belted out the song.
Elsa’s ability to turn things to ice reminds me of the curse placed on King Midas to teach him a lesson about greed–everything he touched, including his beloved daughter, turned to gold.
Neither ice nor gold were particularly good outcomes. E.T.’s healing finger would bring better results.
If you had fingers with power to affect everything they touched, what would that power be? Perhaps it is impossible to know in advance all possible repercussions, but kindness would be a good place to start. We don’t have to try to heal the world. It is best to start small and effect positive changes and heal hurts within our own circles of influence.
Back in the old days at school, we used to kiss small hurts better with a Band Aid. Nowadays, when children may be allergic to the materials used in plasters of any kind, ice has become the “kiss” of choice, with many children believing it to be imbued with magic healing powers.
Mrs Tomkins was sorting the mail when she noticed two big tear-filled eyes peering up at her–Liam.
“Can I have some ice, please?”
“Where does it hurt?”
She pointed to the chair and got him some ice.
“Now tell me what happened.”
“No one will play with me,” he said, holding the ice to his temple.
Mrs Tomkins looked up as Jasmine and Georgie burst in.
“Liam. Come on. We’ve been looking for you.”
Liam thrust the ice at Mrs Tomkins.
“Thanks,” he said, smiling. “The ice worked.”
Mrs Tomkins smiled too. Ice magic.
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