I’ve been looking for something to help me visualize my new role parenting alone, and I fell in love with this little carved elephant family statue at Ten Thousand Villages. I thought it was one mama elephant sheltering four smaller ones until I got it home. It was an impulse buy; I’ll admit I didn’t look closely.
When I removed it from the bag, I realized the carving was one large elephant sheltering two small ones and four tiny ones. From its position on the store shelf, I got only one perspective.
I love that from the front you see a mama alone with her babies. But when you look from above you see the family of six overshadowed by the big one. This is my life. From one angle, a mom alone with her kids. From another, a complete family sheltered by Love itself.