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" Oh no! What the heck is that?!?!? Is that an elephant? What is it doing in my living room?! That doesn’t belong here! I want it out! My living room isn’t big enough for that thing. It's making an awful mess!
What’s that? I have to take care of it? I don't know the first thing about elephant care. No one in my family has an elephant in their living room.
Ok, to be honest, I’m afraid of it, I don’t know if I can take care of it properly.
Can I run away from it for awhile and think about things?
Oh, there are others with elephants in their living rooms too? So they would understand right? Even when others don’t.
And there are books on elephant care? That’s good I like to read
Ok then all right, I'll do my best to take good care of it. When will it leave?
What do you mean you don’t know?!
Ok so I have to take real good care of it and you don’t know when it will leave?
Dr Faustman? Who’s she? Will she be able to make it leave my living room?
Well at least someone’s working on that, that’s a comfort.
The elephant is still there in the living room. Most days it stays over in the corner, quiet, leaving us plenty of room to live our lives around it. Some days it will try to lumber out in the middle of the room and get in the way. I just give it some extra attention and then gently shove it back there where it belongs.
Elephant, I may have to accept your being in my living room but I don’t have to like it or you.
Just stay out of my kids way, they have lots of plans and dreams and you will never be allowed to get in the way of them.