St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village installed a new “Peace Garden” area along Third Street when it underwent renovation work recently. Among the items in the Peace Garden is a statue of a seated lady waiting patiently on a bench. According to the plaque at her feet, it’s a representation of Mrs. Plank, who I suspect was a faithful member of the congregation.
I pass St. Mary every morning on my walk, and I really like the Peace Garden and the statue — except on winter days when it snows. Because when it snows, as it has for the past few days, the placid Mrs. Plank becomes utterly snow-covered, and seeing her in that condition always makes the snowy day feel a few degrees colder. Brrrr! I want to help Mrs. Plank up so she could shed that blanket of snow, brush off her snowbound pillbox hat, and go someplace warm. Heck, I’d even spring for a cup of coffee at the Starbuck’s next door.