Elephant at my front door

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

One of the odd things that I experienced growing up....

Elephant At My Door 

Growing up I had a very interesting childhood I grew up in a different world. I lived in a India in a city called Chennai. I remember the house I lived the balcany had many plants. My mom loved plants and would constantly buy more and more, and in the center was a fish tank. One day I went to my balcany and was admring my fishes, I liked staring at them they fascinated me. I like how my black mollie fish would fight the white mollie fish, and how the two sharks would zig-zag on either side of the tank. I like how the Guppies fish would hang out with other guppies it was a whole new world. After admiring my fish I went to go look at the view from the balcany.

From the balcany I saw my front gate and the pavement downstairs. I could also hear music from the Hindu temple nearby. I'm not Hindu so I never went to the temple, but the music was nice. It was a normal day like any other but I saw something in the distance. It was a big elephant headed my way and on top was a guy riding it, freaking out I decided to tell my parents. I told my parents how there's a big elephant about 15 feet tall, living in the city I was confused as to why there was an elephant at my front gate.

My parents however told me that this is completly normal and the elephant is there to bless you. You give the elephant some money, and it takes the money with its trunk and gives it to its master the one who rides it. It then places it trunk on your forehead as a sign of blessing. As I grew older I asked my grandparents about the elephant blessing ritual. My grandfather told me that sometimes when the elephant master has a dispute with someone like a store owner. The master gets the elephant to store water in its trunk and then sprays the person, who he has a dispute with. I find it intereting how a common ritual in one place may seem completly abnormal in some other part of the world. 


Submitted: August 21, 2014

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KodamaKiss

I make notes as I go so here we go:
The first thing I notice is a need for commas. Not to bore you with that but just double check your grammar. That’s a shame that the fish kept fighting. I like that you lived right by a temple…did u go there a lot? The music must have been nice to hear all of the time. Maybe describe the elephant instead of just telling us what it was. Giving money…of course. I mean its beautiful because of the elephant but that sucks that u have to give money. This was interesting I liked it. cant wait to read what else u have and please take a look at some of my stuff thanks!

Fri, August 22nd, 2014 1:16am

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Thanks I'll edit this more when I get a chance and ill read your stuff. I actually really like one of your poems and am curious to find the meaning behind it.

Thu, August 21st, 2014 9:44pm