There’s a tiny little mosaic elephant sitting on the window sill in the middle bathroom, the caramel colored one. He’s in profile, and his tusk looks as if it’s trying to pry the blind open in order to get a better look at what’s outside. Paul brought my little multi-colored friend back from Spain, and after looking around the house and carefully considering different spots, I decided that the bathroom window was the perfect home for him because:
1) The colors are perfect for the room.
2) It’s a frequently used room for visitors and inhabitants alike, and everyone who enters there gets to see his little body turned towards the outside world.
3) He’s a reminder to say YES to life, to travel, to opportunities. It’s better to go for it (whatever “it” might be) than to peer out at the world through the blinds.
4) I like having mementos of the children in each room, and the elephant reminds me of Paul and his recent trip to Madrid. If he, a 23 year-old, can get out from behind the blinds, can’t we?