A few weeks ago, our friend the Elephant's Child mentioned in a blog post that she would send us a magnet from her visit to Floriade, Canberra, Australia's annual celebration of Springtime. All we had to do was ask - and so I did. I adore receiving what I call "Happy mail," which came by Air Mail, with the magnet (there on the right) inside a lovely note card, with a mom with her baby on the front. This totally made my day.
And there it has landed, on the side of my refrigerator, next to Frida Kahlo and holding up a postcard from the Flannery O'Connor foundation. There's also hummingbird paraphernalia, as well as a drawing depicting the metamorphosis of a butterfly, drawn by great niece Kloie. So it's in good company. Thanks, EC! I adore it.
The main reason I visited the Elephant's Child's blog the first time was that her blog handle evokes one of my most favorite stories of all time - "How the Elephant got his trunk" by Rudyard Kipling. (I have a paperback copy of the book "Just So Stories," but the cover is not as good as this one I found on the internet.) My fifth grade teacher, the late Mrs. Ola Payne, used to read to us in the afternoons, and this was, by far, my favorite.
If you aren't familiar with "How the Elephant got his trunk," you can imagine, just from looking at this cover, how that happened. :) Poor Elephant's Child, with his 'satiable curiosity! I do love to visit our EC's blog and read her "just so" stories! A Good Thing, for sure!