When I was a little girl my mom took me and my Great Grandma Evelyn to Wildlife Safari. It was about a three and a half hour drive. The entire way Grandma talked about elephants. The whole way! When we got there we saw Elephant Ride signs. My Grandma was so excited she could barely contain herself! We waited in line for what seems like an eternity…I’m sure it was only ten minutes but to a 6 year old it was forever. We finally made it to the front of the line and they told my Grandma she couldn’t go for a ride (she was a very heavy set pastry chef) but my Mom and I could go. Thinking back on it I’m sure she was just devastated, but she gladly paid for us to ride. I still remember waving to her from the back of a very large elephant and her huge smile as she waved back. After my all to short ride she bought me a little wooden elephant so I could remember the trip for ever. I do.

I still have the little wooden elephant, it sits on a shelf in my living room along with other little elephants I have picked up here and there over the years. Every time I look at it I smile and think of not just our trip but all of the wonderful things Grandma taught me.

Someday I will take my kids to ride an elephant at Wildlife Safari. I will then buy them little wooden elephants so they can remember our trip forever.
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