Orb pedestal

Since I was a boy, I have wanted an orb pedestal. This is why.

I mentioned in our recent gardening post that I had received an orb pedestal from my mom for Christmas. I couldn’t put it out until recently, for Wisconsin weather reasons. The question you might ask yourself is, “Why would Paul want an orb pedestal?” The answer is probably not what you’d think.

It’s not uncommon to pass houses in our or any neighborhood and see gardens on the front lawns. There is, amidst the garden, often the decorative… whatever, which might include a glass orb on a stand or pedestal. It’s easy to find a wide variety of styles.

When I was a boy, my mom introduced me to the game Castlevania. It is a side-scrolling action game about a vampire hunter whose mission it is to kill Count Dracula. It spoke to my love of all things gothic. In the second game, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Dracula is dead but has cursed the land before his departure. The titular character must hunt down Dracula’s body parts, scattered across the countryside by his acolytes, and burn them in order to dispel the curse.

Each of Dracula’s body parts is hidden in a different castle, inside an orb on a pedestal. Since I first played the game and saw the orbs in all their eight-bit glory, I thought they were really cool. When I saw that people had these real-life orbs in their yards, I knew that when I finally had a house of my own, I had to have one too.

Having known this — because she’s also a fan of Castlevania, and the fact that I talked about it quite a bit — my mom bought this orb pedestal and gave it to me for Christmas. I’m glad we were finally able to put it out in the front yard.

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