Friday, June 7, 2013
Father's teak elephant
We Chan kids are a funny lot, we laugh, we cry as we recall the times when we were kids. Memories exude such fondness for each other.
When I was 20 months old, Father went to England on a P & O liner. At each stop, he bought souvenirs. We all remember his black elephant.
Elizabeth asked her daughter Jeng to email us if any of her siblings remembered it. I even jokingly accused her that so it was her who stole the Elephant. Some remembered it was made of teak and the tusk of ivory, another that it had a broken stump.
Actually this wasn't the original elephant. Elizabeth's daughter in law Rosemary bought it in Cambodia, because her husband Wayne must have spoken about it.
I have 2 elephants, because I remembered that elephant. One, we bought it in a duty free shop in Bangkok. The water engineer took it to his office in Singapore. He didn't bring it back.
The other is an ornamented Sri Lanka elephant. This I treasure because my friend's husband died prematurely and left her and her 3 kids in a foreign land.