A lovely friend of mine, Ruth Shulman, has a love for elephants. “Eles,” as she calls them, represent (for her) all that is good and beautiful in the world. Once, when I made her smile, she sent me a video of a baby elephant as a thank you.
We all have our quirks, our passions, and our loves. Over my years of blogging, people have met me who didn’t care about anything I found interesting–yet, through their friendship with me, opened their minds and hearts to my passions.
It’s a special connection when someone says, “I see you care about this, and I want to care, too.”
Did you know a baby elephant sucks its trunk the way a baby sucks its thumb? I found this video for Ruth, back in January, and it was new to her. Recently, I came across this video of a baby elephant stumbling into its bath tub.
Before I met Ruth, I didn’t think much about elephants except for Dumbo–and that movie is traumatic enough to scar children for life. *shudders*
I may not ever come to love elephants for my own sake, but I will always love them for the sake of Ruth, my gentle friend who gives so much and expects nothing in return.
Life has been a little difficult for Ruth lately, and she has had to take care of herself. I love you and miss you, Ruth. I hope, someday soon, you’ll be able to come back and share with me the joy of baby eles. No one loves them the way you do.