I’ll be honest, two months ago I had no idea what a monolith was and to a degree, I long for those simpler times. This year has been so exceedingly strange that the thought of having to deal with yet another new thing was too much. At least at this point, we’ve gotten used to the strange structures appearing seemingly out of thin air. Each appearance has been somewhat less surprising than the last – until now.
Generally speaking, these monoliths are hard to miss. The glistening metal masses catch the light, making themselves known even from afar. But in San Francisco, a strange new monolith recently appeared – before a passerby named Anand Sharma even saw it, he smelled it.
“At first I was distracted by the double rainbow and walked by it to get a better photo,” he told SFGate. “Then I smelled something and realized what it was.”
This festive new monolith wasn’t made of metal, or even stone. The San Francisco monolith was of the gingerbread variety. And as Sharma explained, from the smell of it, it “must have been fresh.”
Ok who did the gingerbread monolith? pic.twitter.com/P2RQNT7SGI
— Anand Sharma (@aprilzero) December 25, 2020
The gingerbread monolith looks like something straight out of a sci-fi holiday special, frosted with care and even decorated with gumdrops. The edible structure which appeared on top of Corona Heights (I know) on Christmas day left locals both baffled and delighted, some leaning a bit too much in one direction.
the gingerbread monolith is real. so real that i even watched someone lick it, and then i proceeded to say a prayer for them. on that note, merry monolith! pic.twitter.com/ceyGDbKPVB
— Josh Ackerman (@joshuaackerman) December 25, 2020
As we know all too well by now, all good monoliths must come to an end. By Saturday, the previously larger-than-life gingerbread structure was reduced to crumbs, a few stray gumdrops, and the slowly-dissipating smell of Christmas. Was it eaten? Removed by its creator? Taken back to its home planet? We may never know, but a single candle and a framed photo of the gingerbread monolith that now sits in its place remind us to appreciate the best moments in life, which like a monolith, are fleeting.