Tuesday, April 24, 2007
SPV Blogging: Grafitti
The choir loft is locked. For a long time I thought this was amusing--what, was someone going to steal the organ? A pipe at a time? But then I figured for safety reasons--who wants a nine year old going up there on a dare and pitching over the side? Nightmare. Then, I was taking the photos of the rose window and noted the door on the opposite side from the stairwell with Cecilia and Gabriel (yes, Gabriel). I mean, I had noticed the door before. It has a glass window in it, and it is obviously some creepy storeroom where also is found the ropes to pull to ring our church bells. It has a padlock on it. But no lock that day--just the catch for it. So I opened the door. It's a creepy little room, with stairs going up. And on the walls near the stairs, grafitti from 80 years of altar boys "discovering" the place just as I had and leaving their marks.
The darkroom at my high school was the same way. It was a tiny concrete room off a science lab. John Thomas and I had keys. There was grafitti all over the walls. We added quite an astounding amount.
Then Mr. Termuhlen found it all, made fun of us, and had the closet painted. I still have the key, though, on a rubberband keychain from the yearbook advisor attached to a pinback button that says "Pfui!" Ah, good times.
I taught Joe and Sam.
Funny how you become Mr. Termuhlen somewhere along the way. But I don't want to paint over it. Sophia will be an altar server (they let girls do that now, at least for the moment...) sometime and she'll find this hideaway.