I like to be on top of things. So does my cat, Scardy Kitty.
Other animals feel the same way. Maybe they feel safer if they are on top.
To be on top signifies power, visibility, and with-it-ness. Seldom is there a church or a government without a spiral or a dome. We look up to and admire the tops of those buildings.
Here is a church tower I saw at the picturesque town of New Castle, DE
This Bostonian Congregational or Puritan church, the Old South Meeting House, where Boston’s citizens met and demanded their rights from the British officials has an aspiring top.
Governor Samuel Adams presided over building the new Massachusetts State House in 1795. At the time leaders claimed that this beautiful building held the top, most prominent position in the nation. Notice the gold dome. No one knows how much it cost; they probably paid top dollar for it.
Workers like to be on top of their work.
Supervisors like to be even higher. We stood on top of a bridge at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum overseeing the work of these workers chipping ice into the cooler car.
Manny is growing up to be a top-notch bear. He loves to climb on top of things. Hal suggested that he needs velcro to stay on top. Maybe that’s what we all need. What do you think?
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