Thursday, 30 August 2012
Believe it or Not
They say truth is stranger than fiction and I am not sure if one should laugh about this story but here goes... I have a friend of a friend who has a Downs syndrome teenager who likes fairy tales. He is quite a strapping lad but with quite an active imagination. One day he was alone at home while his mother went to the shops. On her return, he told her excitedly that her had caught a 'Troll' and locked it in the cupboard under their stairs. Mystified, but hearing noises from the aforementioned cupboard, the mother approached cautiously, opened the door and was greet by an irate small person (actually a dwarf), who had rung their doorbell (he was a Jehovah's Witness) and been summarily bundled down the passage by the frightened teenager, and shoved into the cupboard. He was really angry and wanted to call the police but the mother was able to calm him down and apologise on behalf of her son. This is a true story. It happened last week. I am rather impressed that he knew what a troll was: I only had a vague idea, gleaned from sometime back when the toy shops were full of these long-haired little men. I only found out exactly what a troll was when we were in Norway last May.