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The elephant in my living room

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Becky Stevens mom, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Becky Stevens mom

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    A little over 5 1/2 years ago an elephant moved into my living room. This is the story of my reaction then, and now:

    " Oh no! What the heck is that?!?!? Is that an elephant? What is it doing in my living room?! That doesnt belong here! I want it out! My living room isnt big enough for that thing. It's making an awful mess!

    Whats 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, Im afraid of it, I dont know if I can take care of it properly. What if I screw it up? what if I fail?
    Can I run away from it for awhile and think about things?

    Oh, there's others with elephants in their living rooms too? So they would understand right? Even when others dont.
    And there's books on elephant care? Thats 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 dont know?!

    Ok so I have to take real good care of it and you dont know when it will leave?

    Dr Faustman? Whos she? Will she be able to make it leave my living room?
    Well at least someones working on that, thats a comfort.


    Today:

    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 dont have to like it or you.

    Just stay out of my boys way, he has lots of plans and dreams and you will never be allowed to get in the way of them.
     
  2. joy orz

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    LOVE THAT! Our elephant is trumpeting abit loudly today. Must go get him some peanuts or something. ;)
     
  3. badshoe

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    That is great.
     
  4. MyBoys'Mom

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    You articulated it so well, as you always do!
     
  5. Yellow Tulip

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    Wow, that was great. I'm doing my best to shove that thing into a corner, but it's awfully stubborn...
     
  6. thebestnest5

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    Becky, I like it.:cwds:
     
  7. wdhinn89

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    Love It!!!
     
  8. wilf

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    Wonderful analogy, which works for me. Will have to share it with DD. :cwds:
     
  9. iluvmhp

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    Great Becky!
     
  10. kyles_mom

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    Simply awesome : )

    Thanks so much for sharing......I think I just might have to name ours :D
     
  11. pam_r

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    Nicely put, very cute.
     
  12. Alex's Dad

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    Very nice, thanks for sharing ...
     
  13. lil'Man'sMom

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    Becky - you are an awesome elephant trainer!!!!
     
  14. madde

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    That is REALLY GOOOOOOOD!!!
     
  15. alismom

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    Becky, that is excellent, thanks for sharing.
     
  16. shekov

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    Thanks for sharing this, Becky. I like to refer to ours as the uninvited, annoying guest that never leaves but Elephant is much more fun!
     
  17. karliesmom

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    Wow! That is a great analogy! :cwds:
     
  18. sarahconnormom

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    I love it. That's a great analogy.
     
  19. Lisa Marie & Alyssa

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    Love it!! Thanks for sharing.
     
  20. caspi

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    LOOOOOVE it!!! Well put! :)
     

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