Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Turning of the Elephants

Just for fun, I thought that I would give you a peak at my mantle. When we downsized a couple of years ago (by half) I really had to give some serious thought to what to keep. Our home reflects family and travels, and I tried to only keep things that make me smile.

One of the first things that visitors ask about are the 12 elephants lined up on the mantel. Daniel brought them back from South Africa a couple of years ago and they function as a calendar. They are each hand carved and I like to line them up from smallest to largest, facing in the same direction. On the first of each month, starting with the smallest elephant, an elephant is turned to face the other directions, so that by the end of the year they are all facing back to the right. We refer to this as ,"The Turning of the Elephants." Sometimes we make an elephant noise for special effect! :)

When I was unpacking the elephants after the move I discovered that Mr. October Elephant, as I like to refer to him, had lost a trunk! You wouldn't believe how much time I spent digging through packaging materials until I found it!

I enjoy the first of the year when we have a whole lot of elephants stretched out before us. The words, "Oh my, it is only 2 more elephants until Christmas!" have been heard here before.



Bunny said...

Your elephants are fabulous.

Jan M said...

I can understand why these sweet elephants were kept when downsizing! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Esther Conrad Grant said...

Love your elephants and thanks for sharing the wonderful story of what they represent, each a month of the year. I grew up in Africa, so I have a very soft heart for these incredible creatures.


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