Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Elephants were my friend Jenn's favorite animal. When she died I saw elephants everywhere and it was as if she were saying "Hey! I'm still around you!" Years later, on a cold day in January 2004, I kissed Oakheart for the first time. Not only was it romantic, passionate, and utterly lovely, but I had an experience that was quite new and odd - in my mind flashed a picture of 2 elephants in the Serengeti walking together, trunks reaching out and touching each other. It wasn't until later that I learned Oaky had the same experience. And later still that I realized that that all happened on the 6th anniversary of Jenn's death. Whatever that may mean (and I have my theories), elephants have since become a part of the story of Oakheart & Jo. For our first Yule together, Oaky got me a pair of hand carved wooden elephants, complete with tusks. The smaller one (representing me) even lost those tusks around the same time I had my wisdom teeth removed. We have since collected a small herd of pachyderms, some wooden, some ceramic, some stone, some plush stuffies. Another year Oaky presented me with the cutest pair of tiny delicate sterling silver elephant earrings, which I wear quite often. Elephant paraphernalia abounds - to the point where some friends have started giving me elephant gifts because they've noticed my fascination with them. I have jewelry, candle holders, a throw blanket/tapestry, even a pair of salt and pepper shakers which fit together, trunks entwined. The elephants have come to symbolize the enduring love Oaky and I have for each other. A love that never forgets.