ACCORDING to the story, our fair princess has to overcome her feelings of utter disgust & kiss that cold, wet, & probably slimy, frog square on the lips before she ever has opportunity to live happily ever after with her charming prince.
How many times in life do we too approach an unpleasant chore with a sense of disgust? Failing to execute the task swiftly, we invariably deny ourselves the pleasantries of what could have been.
Admittedly, there was no sign on the frog that said, “Kiss me, I’m a prince;” but had the princess known beforehand of her reward, I am convinced that she would have been a little more expedient in puckering up.
Almost a year ago I walked into the Archives building for the first time. What I found was an unimaginable collection of historical treasures. Unfortunately (at least for me), I also discovered that the floor in the old Lesche Club room bounced every time someone walked across it. Naturally my curiosity got the best of me, & before long we were tearing up the floor & replacing rotten timbers. This led to tearing up drain lines which led to something further & something further still. During the time all this was going on, we came across the blueprints for a 1921 renovation of the building-–a nice find for anyone should they decide to fix the ol’ building up a little (& maybe in my case a little fuel on the fire to do just that).
All of that brings us to where we are today. Should you happen by the Archives, you will notice that, like the cold slimy frog, it’s not much to behold. There is an immense amount of work yet to be done, & you may even go as far as to say that only a crazy person would attempt such a project. If crazy is what it takes, then so be it! Fireplaces have begun to appear & beautiful woodwork & frosted glass are emerging from beneath years of paint & remodeling. Let me encourage each of you to take part in this rewarding endeavor. The work is dirty, time- consuming, & anything but pleasant; but I have seen enough to realize that we have a building of magnificent potential in our possession. The time is right for us to roll up our sleeves & turn the archives building into the crown prince it is meant to be. It’s time to kiss the frog!