This story started a long time ago but ends with today’s times…I will start at the beginning….
Hain was a giant. He was a loner and very mean. He lived in an underground house on the edge of the Potomac river. He was an immortal! His ancestors came from another planet and a few were left behind in random places all over the world. Hain was one of those who chose to be left behind.
He was a tall lanky looking man giant. His face was harsh and he had a full beard, very gruffy looking but very thin. His eyebrows were overgrown and he kind of looked “trollish” in the face. He rarely smiled because he never had any reason to smile.
Hain did not like the people that were taking over this beautiful land that he owned. They were all so tiny and they dressed in funny clothes made of woven materials. He dressed in furs from animals that he found that had been killed. He was a vegetarian giant so he only ate nuts and berries and boy it took a LOT of nuts and berries to keep him full!! Maybe that was why he was so grumpy! He did have an occasional egg from his chickens that he kept around and also, he liked Turkey eggs too. Not many people liked them but he really did!
These little people over the years got to be more and more of a nuisance. One day Hain was eating his berries in his home and he hears a loud roar!!... It shook his table!! He was so angry, he was sure it was the little people again. Over the years their gadgets grew from horse carriages, to trains, to steam engines and now these annoying flying things, always buzzing over the water of the Potomac. They were SOoooo annoying to a loner giant who liked to live in his little hole!!!
After many years of this little buzzing this new loud roar really annoyed him, he realized that the little people had created large jets and they had several engines on them. He got up from his table and headed up out of his hole. As he got out he felt a buzz of wind along his neck as one of the planes nearly hit the top of his head. The little people could never see him…he lived here forever and they never even seen him, now they were driving him crazy with this new thing. So he decided he would take action!
He picked up a large rock and heaved it at the plane…it missed…. He figured he would wait and try again in a few hours when the next one came along. Every day he tried several times to hit these jets. The sad thing is Hain was not very well coordinated and he well, he was really clumsy. He walked with a little bit of a stagger and his hand eye coordination left much to be desired! Finally after a month of Sundays, he slung a huge boulder up into the air after one of those little bastards and it hit. Hain stood there at the water’s edge, dumbfounded, with a slight smile spreading quickly across his face! Then, all sorts of hell broke loose…the jet went down into the Potomac and the affect that Hain was going for soon turned into the complete opposite. All he wanted was a little peace and quiet. Now, there were boats, sirens, little people screaming everywhere. He hung his head and slunked back to his hole. He had to listen to this all night long!! Oh, well, at least the jet noise stopped. Not a single jet flew in or out of that annoying brightly lit area across the river for several days. Hain started to feel like all the stupid little people screaming was well worth it to have a few days of silence. He even got his pole and went fishing which he hadn’t done in some time since the jet noise gave him such a profound migraine.
He headed out to the side of the river and crouched low and stuck his huge pole into the water. He was sitting Indian style very comfortable..actually even on top of a few of the little people. They had no idea he was there and he was at peace. The sun was shining, it was a crisp morning with a little dew on the ground but the sun burning it off quickly like a pot of tea, the steam rising into the air as the lovely grass dried.
He laid back on his elbows as the pole dangled in the water. He watched the little people playing and for a few short minutes, he actually felt a little spring of almost liking the little buggers. One of them which was really little was playing with a dog..throwing a stick and the dog would go fetch it. Hain started to feeling a little like he wished they had dogs in the dimension that he lived. He would sure enjoy something fluffy like that wanted to play with him. He wondered what they felt like. He had been alone a long time. As this thought crossed his mind, there was a loud whirring noise and as it got closer the whir turned into the dreaded thunder of the jet of a plane. Naturally, hearing the noise he jumped to his feet.
“Oh my Gosh!” Hain thought, “Surely NOT!”…and sure enough, yes, it was…
A huge jet, EVEN BIGGER than the ones before whirred right into his head…..like two inches away as he ducked down quickly and cursed loudly. Again, the anger and resentment well upped and Hain looked around for another rock,,,,
In the meantime, in this world there are “little people” and there are the giants that are like Hain. Not many of the giants are left and they live alone in this world because they are immortal. The ones that are here were left a long time ago from another planet and there people never came back for them. Now there are some little people in this world that are aware of this knowledge.
The top brass of world leaders were called in to the white house. The FAA figured out through these certain people about the giant that lived on the edge of the Potomac. This was top secret information and only about 6 people in all of the United States were aware. One of the six was Mr. Cool. That was his code name, no one really knew his real name.
He had learned the information from a secret organization that keeps secrets like this so no one in the “regular” world would panic!
Mr. Cool had a plan. The giant on the edge of the Potomac could not be allowed to continue to throw rocks at planes. The “normal” people were told it was a sudden ice storm that brought down the plane. Thankfully, the plane that came down did come down in the winter but what if this nasty giant decided to do it in the summer. What could the people be told???
So, since Mr. Cool knew the secrets to getting rid of the large giants he got a super top secret plan together. He would dig a giant hole. He would tell the normal people that it was to fix some sewage issues under the ground…and he would bury the giant alive. You see, even though they are immortal and they never died…they would not thrive and would turn to stone if they could not have food and water.
Mr. Cool gathered a large group of workers and they started to dig overnight. They dug a huge hole and they covered it well with grass and sticks and made it look exactly like the edge of the land where Hain would always come out every morning to stretch and enjoy the mornings throwing rocks at the jets as they flew by.
This particular morning that they created the trap was a Sunday. It just so happens that on Sundays Hain slept in. So, he got up later and he walked outside and stepped to the place where they built the trap. As he fell he cried out and his arms flew up and his feet flew up. Trying to catch himself he turned backward and landed with a thud on the backside with head, hands and feet just above the ground level. Before he could get up thousands of little people were around him and they filled what they saw as a huge hole. They did not see the giant in the ground but Mr. Cool did. He stood in his director’s chair and he smiled knowingly as the little people just worked furiously to close the hole that their commander asked them to close in less than one hour this Sunday mid morning. The hot sun beared down on them but they worked furiously. You see, Mr. Cool promised each one a $1000 bonus to get the hole filled quickly. Not questioning or even caring why, the group were determined to do it because they all needed the money. They were military and didn’t make a lot. The $1000 was like a month’s PAY!
The reason they had to do it in an hour is because Mr. Cool knew that when the large giants fell they were disoriented severely for at least 45 minutes and when they finally got their bearings they could get up and Mr. Cool needed their to be a higher density of dirt on the giant than he weighed which was a considerable amount. But, with the thousands of workers they were able to accomplish the task.
After 45 minutes, Hain’s head started to clear as he realized he was in a large hole. He went to get up but felt a heavy pressure on his chest nothing like he’d ever felt before!
He realized that the little people had figured out the only way to stop him and a deep and unrealized fear overwhelmed him. For another hour he struggled and strained and realized that he would surely be stuck here and turned to stone. He thought of all of his relatives that he hadn’t thought of in years and thought of what it was like before he was all alone for the 1000’s of years that he had been all alone. He finally fell asleep, exhausted.
He slept for two years, as the process of turning to stone is like a hibernation. Hains was not in pain but slept like a baby for two years! When he woke up it was summertime. He woke up because he felt a funny sensation on his nose. He tried to remember where he was but more so he was trying to realize what this feeling was. You see, Hain, had not felt any touch for all the years he was alone, which was again, thousands of years! The feeling felt like the fuzzy warm of your favorite blanket and it made Hain smile in his head. There was a large fuzzy blond dog rubbing his face! And, the people and animals could SEE HIM! They came up to him! Some talked, some just hugged, some ran their soft hands along his arms or face, some SAT on him and some tickled his feet which would make him laugh and laugh and laugh. He felt such delirious happiness! It was bliss, pure delight…something he never knew. He bubbled over and was so excited. He could not move but he didn’t need to! There were children and fuzzy dogs and people all around him with blankets and laughing and playing. He felt so much a part of all this that he didn’t need to move and he was so happy. SO HAPPY!
If you go to Washington DC and you go to Hain’s Point, you can touch Hain. He won’t be able to smile at you or tell you anything but inside he wells up with love and happiness and is just so glad to be able to feel again and have people see him. You see, it is hard being a lonely giant and all the movement in the world means nothing if you are never touched or hugged or can feel anything with your heart. The point is Hain’s the moral is everyone’s!... Live with your heart and reach out! We all need a hug and a touch it’s all about love!
So, when you go to Washington DC be sure to stop by and give Hain a hug.
(NOTE: This is a story I used to tell my kids when we lived in Washington DC..There is really a Hain’s Point park..and there really is a giant in stone stuck in the ground his picture is below.)