I can't believe I almost went the entire day without realizing it was Elephant Appreciation Day. For those of you who know me, you know my obsession. For those of you who don't, let me just tell you, to say elephants are my favorite elephants would be a huge understatement.
It all started when I was a little girl. My mom knew a couple who had a barn. They used this barn to house the elephants for Ringling Brothers circus while the circus was in Charlotte, NC. Whenever they had the elephants at their barn my mom would take me to visit them.. thus, starting my love affair for the huge, gentle animals.
I have had numerous elephant stuffed animals, elephant printed baby blankets, I was obsessed with the movie Dumbo, and I loved watching them at the circus, while at the same time wishing I could save them from the horrible cages.
In college, I took it to the next level. Hold your laughter, and don't judge me too harshly.
That would be my rib cage.
I NEED THIS NECKLACE.
With that said, now that I am older, I realize how special these animals are, and how bad they need our help. Tens of thousands are being killed each year solely for the use of their ivory tusks. Even more are dying from not being able to handle the morning process of their newly dead family members and friends. They are helpless animals that desperately need our help.
Happy Elephant Appreciation Day :)
[and no, I won't judge you if you don't appreciate them quite as publicly as I do ;)]