We all need Gargamel.


El Gargamellio

It’s like yin and yang, without one, you could not have the other. You need something to compare it to; you need a catalyst. Gargamel is said catalyst in the Smurfs. He is a motivator, a pursuer, a reason to be on your toes and vigilant.

As a child, I watched the Smurfs diligently. My friend Chris Lewis had all the figurines. We would create smurf worlds and smurf lore and had all the smurfs take turns smurfing Smurfette; it was a boy’s haven. But as I grew older, I realized that I was the Gargamel to my own smurfdome. I was my own worst enemy to my own best interest. And just as Gargamel still hunts the smurfs on some weird astro/French plane, I still am the thing that hunts and runs away from myself. Now, if I could just catch me, well then I would probably turn myself to gold.

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Published by: thetrentwilkie

Trent Wilkie is a husband/father/writer/journalist/performer in Edmonton. Trent has written for CBC Radio, Fangoria Magazine, Edmonton Sun, Exclaim Magazine, Fort Sask Record, Theatre Network, The Edmonton Fringe, and is currently pouring his heart and soul into his award-winning blog The UnDad. As well, Trent has also been a wilderness canoe guide for over 10 years which he now considers therapy. Trent is also a member of Mostly Water Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe and has performed in a bevy of Edmonton International Fringe Festivals to varying degrees of success. When taking time off from trying not to be boring, Trent likes to relax while watching horror movies and trying to write the perfect three chord song

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