Elephants are incredible creatures. So incredible, in fact, that their behaviors and rituals are studied by groups such as National Geographic, as well as freelance journalists all over the world. They are fiercely loyal and tend to travel in tribes, as one large family . Mothers and their children live together for decades. When a mother elephant loses her baby, she lies next to him and all of the members of her tribe circle around her and lay their trunks on her. Not one of them moves until she is ready to stand and move forward…a silent show of support for one of their own. It is an amazing and special show of love and honor.
As a community, we are bound by the strength and support from those who are traveling with us on our journeys. As human beings, we have the opportunity to learn from the majestic creatures who model “love” so well. As caregivers, we are part of the tribe, laying our trunks on others so that they may one day have the strength to move forward.