Today, Kenyon College lost a great friend. Gourdzilla, our morbidly-obese-decorative-gourd-in-residence, has been removed from her place of honor in Peirce servery and is presumed dead. Throughout her tenure at the College, Gourdzilla was a symbol not only of autumn, but of the very spirit of this institution. Every day, she brought joy to Kenyon’s students, who otherwise would have nothing but the omelet station to brighten their early morning breakfasts.
The Thrill feels a special connection to Gourdzilla, because we grew up with her. One of our first posts covered the early rumors of her arrival, and we followed her as she put down roots here and truly became a member of the Kenyon family.
Gourdzilla leaves behind dozens of decorative gourdlings, all of whom loved their mother dearly and will gravely miss her. While we do not know what happens to us, or to gourds, when we pass from this world*, one thing is certain: Gourdzilla’s absence will leave a 1,084 pound void at Kenyon, one which we at The Thrill sincerely hope will be filled by new generations of Gourdzillas in autumns to come. Goodbye, Gourdzilla. We’ll miss you.
*for gourds, at least, what happens is probably composting