Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Target House uses the elephant as a representative symbol throughout the living quarters here at the St. Jude facilities. An elephant’s instinct for community and family portray a welcoming message for the temporary residents that would rather be at their own home instead of here. Elephant statues spray water in the fountain out front, and artwork of patients depicting their idea of the perfect elephant line the halls. Elephants are in the landscaping, too. A wire casing shapes a bush into an elephant as it grows. At least that is what I thought. I was on the treadmill this morning and noticed a groundskeeper was spraying the elephant bush green. I couldn’t believe it. The casing was stuffed with some sort of bush-type grass that, I guess, was dying or was dead, so they spray-paint it to keep it green. How disillusioned I was. There is a metaphor in there somewhere, but I’m too tired to fish it out. We go in the morning for the fourth time to have blood work drawn to check Eli’s counts. I’m beyond ready to get this started. His eating has really taken a nose dive, so he really needs to get going on that food supplement. I can hardly get him to eat more than three bites of anything, so we do three bites very often. I’m anxious to hear what he weighs in the morning. Much needed prayers as I expect and hope to be blogging from the St. Jude tomorrow night. The picture tonight is of Eli on our walk using his remote controlled car. Someone gave him this in the first round of gifts as he had his first surgery. He has always liked it.