It was Jane’s birthday, but SHE gave ME a present. That’s just the kind of hairpin she is.
She knows, as do all my regular readers (hi, Mom!), that I am all about The Stone Monkey, Sun Wu-kung, The Handsome Monkey King, The Great Sage Equal To Heaven. Click that link to read up on him at Godchecker.com. So, when she saw this stone, she bought it for me. I’ve messed with the contrast/brightness to try to make the image clear in the photo; it’s quite clear in Real Life.
It’s a depiction of The Great Sage on the job in Heaven. He was given the job of guarding the Peaches of Immortality so, being Monkey, he ate them.
Oh, Monkey! Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?
No. No, he isn’t. And that’s why we love him.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is given the job of guarding something valuable.