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Thursday, April 5, 2012

E: Elephant

Blogging from A to Z: E

You're either going to think this is as funny as I do, or you're going to think I'm nuts. Either is fine.



Nobody wanted to be the one to mention it. Well, they never do, do they? It's that thing, the thing that nobody talks about. Our family secret. The obvious, that nobody states.

Leave it to Grandma to break the unspoken code. She doesn't do tact.

“Marjorie!” She bellowed at my mother, in that special decibel level that old people who are deaf but won't admit it, use.
“Marjorie, why is there a bloody great elephant in the living room?”


Denise Covey over at L'Aussie Writer has been kind enough to feature me today in her Bloggers Were Children Too! series. Check out seven-year-old me :-)

91 comments:

  1. Oh, Sarah, this is great!!! I really do think it's funny :-). And the bigger the elephant, the less likely anyone is to mention it...

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Margot. I sometimes worry that I'm the only one who finds me funny :-)

      And isn't that always the way about the size of the elephant? (Not a sentence I thought I'd be typing today) ;-)

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  2. Did you ever see the movie, Elephant? It's loosely based on the Columbine massacre. I think the "elephant" in the room of everyone in America is gun control. Without it, school shootings will never stop.

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    1. I haven't seen it, but I think I should. And that is one huge elephant to tackle.

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  3. Giggling in the office. I don't care if my next cube neighbor thinks I am daft.

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    1. Well, your cube neighbours talk too loudly on the phone to complain :-)

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  4. Haha! That's cute. And very true. :D

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    1. So glad (and relieved!) that you liked it :-)

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  6. HA! Love the dancing elephant ;)

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    1. You can't go wrong with a dancing elephant :-)

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  7. Oh, fun. We all have elephants in the room at certain times.

    Play off the Page

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  8. Um, I don't get it (...I think, lol) but nonetheless, found this to be a cute post!

    I grew up around African hand-crafted elephant statue sculptures that sat in my Grandmother's living room, so I like 'em...at least the elephants that are in plain sight...not the ones that cause awkward silence. Talk about being uncomfortable! lol.

    Cheers!

    ~Nicole
    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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    1. I like the ones you can see too, Nicole :-)
      And my sense of humour is a bit daft sometimes I know. The joke was supposed to be that you think it's a secret Grandma is going to blurt out, but no, there actually is an elephant in the room :-)

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  9. Elephant in the room, great! I love this!

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    1. Don't they always? In all its messy, unvarnished 'glory'!

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  11. Bahahaha! So freaking funny! I wish I had read this before I did my E post because I would steal it. Kidding, I wouldn't do that. Yes, I would. Maybe.

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    1. I would have been honoured if you had stolen, uh, I mean 'borrowed' my elephant post :-)

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    1. I'm behind on my blog reading so I haven't commented yet, but I just read your 'E' post. You may have found it difficult, but what you came up with was beautiful.

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  13. Wow Sarah! I just came back over from reading your interview at Denise's place. What an interesting life you have had! I hope you will tell more!

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    1. Thanks for reading that Martha. I was so thrilled when Denise chose me as one of her subjects. I'd love to talk about my childhood, I'm just never quite sure when is a good time :-)

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    1. Thank you Yvonne, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Do we have the same Grandma, or are they all like that? :)

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    1. I think they go to Grandma school. It's held in the building behind Santa school.

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  16. Gotta love the big ol' elephant in the room. There have been plenty in my family!

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    1. Show me a family that doesn't have them, and I'll show you a family of one ;-)

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  17. I almost did that one today! I thought it was pretty funny! Lol.

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  18. LOL. I love your play on the saying!

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    1. I like to look at things differently sometimes :-)

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  19. OK I'm with those who thought this was funny! I have always liked elephants, though in the states they're politicized. Here is a cute little story. Keep writing!

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    1. Awww, who would want to politicise an elephant? Thank you for the kind words :-)

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  20. What a relief to see an elephant without having to deal with the political stuff. And I thought your elephant was funny. I enjoyed Denise's introduction. Sarah, you're inspiring!

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    1. Thank you so much Kittie. I'm going to have to look into this political elephant stuff!

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    1. Thank you. I was worried people would just think it was weird :-)

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  22. This is a cute blog.
    When someone is old and rich, they call him an elephant ( in my community) as elephants are worth big bucks.

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    1. I didn't know that. It's little things that I learn like this that make me love blogging :-)

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  23. Grandmas always speak nothing but the truth! Thanks for the giggles here in NC. People in this house are beginning to stare at me. Dare I tell them there's a bloody great elephant in the living room? I'm gonna do it. *wink*

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  24. I think it is so funny, but then again I am probably a little nuts myself. It is so true. Grandparents will scream or shout anything and they never get embarrassed.

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    1. Heck, I think we're all a little nuts :-)

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  25. You were totally adorable at 7. Not that you've lost any of it now :)

    I do love this post, and I do think you're nuts. Apparently I'm in the right place, lol.

    ......dhole

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    1. Thank you Donna, and yes, you're totally in the right place ;-)

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  26. Loved this, and it reminded me of something I posted a couple years ago (sort of related, but not really) - in case you're curious: http://www.lifeandprettythings.com/2010/01/my-wednesday-chuckle.html :) Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

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    1. Oh, I loved that, thank you for linking it :-)

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  27. LOVED your guest post... had to comment over there... and *now* I understand better... :)

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    1. You know I'm going to email you soon right?

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    1. Indeed you can, that works out fine by me :-)

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  29. Ha ha. Love it.

    I'll check out the link.

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  30. Haha this is great... although I was hoping to find out the family's sordid secret lol.

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    1. I could tell you but then I'd have to ... ;-)

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  31. Shhh! We don't like to mention the elephant; he gets embarrassed.


    Jamie Gibbs
    Fellow A-Z buddy
    Mithril Wisdom

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    1. Hehe, everyone else is polite enough to pretend he's not there :-)

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  32. Sarah, trust Grandma. She got it right, I'm sure, lol!

    And thank you for letting me feature you yesterday and for your honest sharing. You've grown into a beautiful person no matter what your childhood was like! I'm glad so many people were touched by what you had to say.

    Denise

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    1. 'Letting you'? I was absolutely thrilled to be asked - and thank you for being so nice :-)

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  33. You've got to leave it to Grandma to approach the elephant! :)

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  34. My dad is the one who always points out the elephant. Before him, it was his mom. I laughed. No, you're not nuts. = )

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    1. So, you had your own elephant Grandma? Okay, that sounded better in my head ;-)

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  35. With having 4 brothers and 4 sisters, there were lots of elephants!

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  36. awww! your grandma is great!
    :)
    and the elf-nit is super cute!

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    1. That's it. Elf-nit is my new word :-)

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  37. Elephants and grandmothers should never be allowed to be in the same room. For the elephants' sake.

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    1. Indeed - I wouldn't fancy the elephant's chances ...

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  38. This put a smile on my dial :)

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  39. There are too many elephants in my family to count and my grandma's not going to call them out. :) A great "e" for your A-Z blogging. I stopped by to see your childhood write up. You're just grow more and more interesting. Your love of music is awesome.

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    1. Aww, thanks for visiting the post J, I'm so glad you liked it. You say such nice things :-)

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  40. Yeah, Grandma definitely doesn't to tact, does she?! Haha!
    Just visited your VERY interesting Bloggers Were Children Too post :)

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  41. I guess tact is something you're allowed to abandon along with Spanx and giving a rat's a** about what people think of you!

    Glad you liked my post on Denise's blog :-)

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  42. I love Elephants And I wish that every person help them and love them . Thanks

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