Monday, July 27, 2020

Grandma "Ellies" Matter & So Do We

I just completed, and made available, a new book for children and families to enjoy which will help them develop a confident faith as they learn about really interesting animals. (You will find Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! in the bookstore at this link.) So, I have begun the work on book two in my Life on the Goldilocks Planet series - this one is entitled, Eyelash Vipers, Pygmy Elephants, Pangolins & More! As the title says, one of the animals in the book is the Pygmy Elephant and yes, there are pygmy elephants in Asia and Africa!

I love learning about these amazing little animals (they top out at six to eight feet tall, which for an elephant is "little"!) One thing I love about them - and all elephants is how the grandma "ellies" make a significant difference in the health and well-being of the entire herd, but especially in the lives of the baby ellies. If there is a grandma in the herd - and likely leading the herd - the babies are more likely to survive! Elephants are smart - they know, and follow - the value and wisdom of the grandma elephants!

I have MS, which means I walk with a cane. For my birthday my husband got me a fun new cane with an elephant head on it! I love the cane and it reminds me with every step how grandmas do have value and must offer wisdom to their grandchildren - and entire family. It matters what we do. We are able to contribute value to our family. We are able to matter - and elephants (especially the very cool Pygmy Elephants) - remind me of this! (If you would like a fun elephant head cane, you will find it on amazon at this link.)

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