I began thinking about the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind recently, and got to thinking about a new system should be created of close encounters with gnomes. So I took the liberty of composing said list for public consumption. Here it is:
LEVELS OF GARDEN GNOME “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS”
The First Kind
Observation of gnome evidence or shenanigans, such as footprints in the mud, frightened animals, or moved wheelbarrows. Typical evidence indoors includes the smell of pipe smoke or observation of gnome whiskers (hair from a beard).
The Second Kind
Sighting of an animate gnome. This means you’ve seen a gnome in motion — actually walking around. They know better then to move when humans are watching, so you likely surprised them.
The Third Kind
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