The Learner Observer

Let me tell you a story.  I’m from Brazil, and it’s a country full of tradition (and quirky ones at that), like many other places.  One of these is that an elephant with it’s trunk up, and bottom facing the front door of a house will send negative energy away, including any that might try to come in with visitors.  The upward trunk promotes positive energy towards those inside the home.  

As a whole, elephants are a symbol of luck, and some people even rub the trunks of elephant statues in order to raise their spirits or increase luck!  So why do I have it in my house?  I love a touch of tradition, and my mom had this little mirrored elephant in our house when we were growing up and I just loved it!  I remember dusting the living room and always making sure the butt was facing the door.  And now ours does the same!  Oh yeah…that’s husband hanging out back there.

Not far from the elephant in the room is a pig – a piggy bank to be exact.  Not a Brazilian tradition, the piggy sits on a console by the front door so that rather than dumping loose change on the table, it goes in the ‘bank’.  This is literally the catchall area of the house, and though it’s not perfect right now, the cheery colour of the piggy bank does make me like it just a little bit more!  

I can’t help but think having little gems like this around the house are important.  They’re so much about personality and fun, and I love the thought of both of those things being important parts of our home.

Here are the other 31 days of House to Home.

October 8, 2012



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    Diego Silva

    October 9, 2012

    So funny you have an elephant! The thought of that mirrored one mom was obsessed with brings back sooo many memories! Thanks for that! made my night.
    Love you sis!

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      October 9, 2012

      Love you too little brother!! Gotta get you one of these now too!!

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    October 11, 2012

    What a neat tradition – thanks for sharing. And what a cute piggy bank as well!

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    Raven Corwin, aka Meggie

    October 31, 2012

    The first thing we did when my daughter and I bought a “gypsy” and belly dance boutique was to get an elephant statue- TRUNK UP- for the shop for good fortune. Since then, we never buy anything with an elephant unless its trunk is up. Cultural/family tradition IS important, and a lot of fun. I enjoyed your post :)

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      October 31, 2012

      Amazing! Thanks Raven :)

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