My grandmother had an obsession with elephants. I am fairly certain it was born of her life-long Republicanism.
Grandma was a wonderful woman. She had seven children and I don’t know if anyone has counted the grandchildren in a few decades.
She died in 1982 when I was 11 years old, but I still miss her and have dreams about her today. Her birthday is on Monday.
She was born Victoria Jane Jones, a name I always thought was so perfectly her: regal and perfect on the surface, but so totally normal and down-to-earth underneath. She was sweet and lovely and adored by everyone who met her, but she was also scrappy and hard working. She wasn’t one to turn to spankings or smacks, but you knew if you pushed her too far, it wasn’t out of the question. She cared for my grandpa for many years after he suffered strokes that landed him in a wheelchair and made him gradually unable to feed himself. She did it all without a moment of complaint. He died by her side in his sleep. She missed him so much that she died three years later within a few hours of the anniversary of his death.
Her home was filled with elephants. I adored looking at them (but no touching!) She had some carved from something ivory-colored (maybe melamine?) that were always lined up on a shelf or mantle, interlocked from trunk to tail.
This elephant influence led me to a life-long passion for elephants. Nearly two decades ago, I read a fictional novel that featured elephants and the illegal trade of ivory. In it, I started to learn about their fascinating intelligence, emotional capacities and social structures. They are really amazing creatures and incredibly important to the world’s ecosystem. Every time I learn something new about them, I think of grandma and wonder if she knew that fact, too.
I inherited an elephant planter my uncle made for grandma when he was a very young man. It has lived in various homes with me, serving as a magazine rack, a catch-all, a side table and, occasionally, a planter.
Blogging from A to Z Challenge
This blog post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. As part of the challenge, I commit to visiting five new blogs a day, chosen from a list. I love doing this! It is so interesting to me how many bloggers are out there writing so many different types of blogs. Here are the blogs I visited today:
I am not required to share these blogs. I just like to find and support good writers.