This week’s words: Nullify Gnarl Octave Negligence Parasite Peal Leash Muscle Misrepresent Boketto (to gaze vacantly into the distance without thinking) Nightmare Graveyard
Joe Boketto was a third generation gravedigger, and the town’s graveyard was his pride and joy. Nowadays he enjoyed the use of a mechanical digger replacing the toil of a pick and shovel. The digger allowed him to spend time contemplating life’s mysteries. To the casual observer, it may have appeared that Joe was simply staring off into the distance, but his mind was a dynamo.
He cared very much for the graveyard and the negligence of family to the upkeep of family graves brought out the gnarly side to his character. He referred to them as the parasites of society who loved their family only for what they got from it and promptly forgot them in death.
He wasn’t gnarly by nature being a very quiet and well-mannered man. The graveyard was no place of nightmare for him but rather a place of memorial.
In fact, his sombre appearance did little to nullify the real man.
It was easy for some to misrepresent the Boketto’s for the occupation they were tied to.
He and Mrs Boketto, his wife of many years, led a stimulating and interesting life. Sarah Boketto was a member of the Church choir with a voice that travelled several octaves of the keyboard with very little effort.
When not singing, the Boketto’s were into muscle building, and this unleashed in them a sense of community and involvement. They frequented many muscle-building competitions far and wide and many people when they discovered their occupation were surprised by it.
Sarah Boketto was also the town’s undertaker, and so she diligently prepared the deceased for burial. She was also the one on the day of a funeral to peal the church bell calling all who cared to attend the funeral of whomever it was they were to bury that day.
Afterwards, true to their name they would sit on their back veranda and contemplate the horizon thinking nothing usually but occasionally sharing a word of praise for a job well done.