Most of our two-week holiday vacation was spent in Angra dos Reis at the house of my husband’s uncle, which is located in a condominium. The term “condominium” does not mean the same thing in Brazil as it does in the U.S. Condominium brings to my mind either a long row of connected, narrow, two-story homes or an apartment building in NYC . In Brazil, a condominium refers to a gated community, usually in some glorious part of the country.
This condominium was great, full of lush hills and had a wonderful private beach. However, one thing struck me as a bit odd. There was a surprisingly great number of homes with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves lawn ornaments. I counted eleven, and I hadn’t even walked the extent of the condominium. Each also appeared to be unique in artistry and design.
I considered the possibilities of this phenomenon. Perhaps a favorite local ceramics artist specialized in these fable characters – and conducted a huge fire sale when he or she went out of business? Maybe this particular spot in the world has some affiliation with the story, a long-time resident related to the Brothers Grimm (it could happen)?