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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 DC - Day 26

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.

3 comments:

  1. You are my true elephant love. Wrinkled grey skin and everything. We should get some of those white birds (cranes?) to ride around on us.

    And among the various Elephants, let us not forget the ones hanging around in the bathroom! :)

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  2. The bathroom elephants are my favorite! That was one of the best surprises ever. You are a gift-giving ninja.

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  3. Oh, btw, the birds are Cattle Egrets. And yeah we should totally get some.
    http://www.astronomy-images.com/day-images/Africa/elephants__with__cattle__egrets.htm

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