Uncle June

I would like to introduce you to Uncle June.


As you can see as he poses on my living room table, along with a dirty nose and a slightly vacant look in his eyes, Uncle June also has his suitcase. Why, you might ask? Because Uncle June keeps me company whenever I have to travel for work.

In fact, Uncle June has been to Orlando, Las Vegas (he was quite hard to handle on The Strip,) Houston twice, Dallas, New York a couple of times (he enjoys Central Park,) on a Dune Buggy expedition and even to Tennessee the last time I went (I took his picture on my balcony with the mountains as a background—he’s a trooper.)

I don’t feel like searching for all the pictures, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

He has been my little touchstone when the plane takes off—the worst part for me—and my dining companion through countless expensed meals. (While most people feel funny dining alone, I have no reservations placing a three-inch gnome across the booth from me in a fine dining restaurant or café and taking his picture.)

When I was in New York, people saw me positioning him “just so” in Times Square and volunteered to take our picture together. It was nice, in a creepy “I’m posing with a little gnome” sort of way.

So, yes, Uncle June (named after “Uncle” Junior Soprano from “The Sopranos”) has been quite the traveling buddy the past few years.

You now know where he’s been, but where did he come from? My mom gave him to me as a joke, as you might remember we have a little “gnome” thing we do back and forth.


(He’s too big to travel so he stays in the garden.)

And to be honest, the past few times I’ve pretty much just taken him out for the obligatory picture to send back to her, but I always take him along. It can’t hurt to have a little piece of home in a gnome secure in my carry-on, now can it?

I think not.

13 responses to “Uncle June

  1. Thats so “amelie” of you. I think its cute, I’d totally do something like that with some other statue. I’d like to see a pic of him in graceland. I’m hoping to meet Uncle June when he come to visit me in LA!
    as far as uploading pics, google is a godsend.
    and have a safe and hopefully not too painful trip!

  2. Is that like the comercial for……….oh I can’t remember, some travel site or something. But there’s a gnome with a British accent and he’s in all of these places telling people……….I’m going to shut up now because I really can’t remember the details of the commercial!! But yeah, gnomes and traveling!

    ❤ Tori

  3. cuteness. i have a few of june’s cousins in my gardens but they dont travel. they send cold kisses from minnesota! brrr. maybe i should bring the in this winter…

  4. Kath (Eating for Living)

    I love Uncle June! Have you watched the Amélie movie? There she sends her gnome on a travel. Reminds me very much of it. 🙂

  5. Hehehe.. that’s way too cute ! That actually sounds like something I would do, but I’m not that confident so I would probably try to somehow slip the gnome under the table and slide him onto the seat in attempt to go unnoticed. Then, I would realize how much stupider I look taking pictures of an empty booth seat.

    Good luck on the trip! I can’t wait to hear how everything goes 🙂

  6. You should see Amelie. It is a very adorable movie. I cannot wait to see pictures of him in Tenessee. I need to do something like that with my mom, but with a different sort of object. I think it would be a fun way to bond and bring each other along during our adventures.

  7. I love how silly this is. And the fact that he is named after Junior is freakin’ awesome. Oh how I miss that show.

    Have a wonderful and safe trip. It will be fun to see the pictures of Uncle June 🙂

  8. Nothing more heart warming than Gnome love 🙂

  9. Amanda @ HopeHasAPlace

    The Roaming Gnome! Hilarious!

    Also featured in the spectacular movie, Amelie. I love it and its soundtrack.

    I’m pretty sure there’s a website for roaming gnome pictures?

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