Elephant Mood

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Elephant Mood

On hot tropical days when wearing pants feel like torture but being thrown into a soul asylum for uncommon wardrobe choices strays too far from how you picture your life, consider: The softest cotton elephant pants!

Someone once asked if I had a thing for elephants. I was perplexed. Did I look like one or was I oozing a particular mad-about-elephants vibe? It turned out I was wearing a pair of loose Aladdin pants with elephant prints on them. After breathing a sigh of relief, I confessed my love for elephants.

I know they can be lethal but what’s that got to do with anything. There’s something about this gigantic creature with an expressive trunk that makes me imagine the old world where dinosaurs roamed and humans were but a fleck of nature's imagination. When I think of elephants, I think of the sounds they make, the way their eyes seem to communicate.

Did you know that elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals? If a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it. Elephants express grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play. That they have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell? How interesting! The largest land animals also have incredible memories, and can laugh! How adorable, they are so like me!

Their social greetings involve a ‘hug’ exhibited through the act of wrapping their trunks together. When an elephant passes a spot where a loved one has died, it pays homage by gently touching the remains (skulls and tusks) with its trunk and feet. Elephants can hear sound waves below our human hearing capacity. Elephants walk silently and you won’t know if one has sneakily come near you because their feet are covered in soft padding to dull sound.

Goodness me, I didn’t mean to make this post an education about elephants but as you can see, I have quite an intense appreciation for elephants.

So, that partly explains why I love the pants. But on a practical side, the weather was killing me with its humidity so while other people in frozen places were having ‘spring on their minds’ kind of experience – the Malaysian tropical heat had me thinking having snow on my face. So, this very breezy bottomwear became the only option for me at the time.

I told my brother who was curious about my choice of pants that day that these pants made me feel like I wasn’t wearing any pants. He was rendered speechless either awed by my sheer brilliance or had succumbed to an acute case of brain fart. The flowy fabric is poofy so that the only places that it sticks to is at the waist and ankles, where the hem cinches, the way typical Aladdin pants are designed.

Thank you to my sweet mom for photographing me on this breezy day. The photographs without me were shot by yours truly because you know, I love those trees and the way they sway in the wind. Oh, and the aerial roots were like strong wires and I had a bit of a Jane-the-Jungle-Queen moment with one stray root but more like a fool, really. I had no sense of balance so as usual, nearly fell on the ground while twisting awkwardly, annoying the red ants that were busy living their lives with my presence.

Remember how I said that my hair gets ridiculous by the second day? The ceramic straightening brush which I'd been using for more than a month now is a such a life-saver. Read more about my hair experiment, if you haven't already!

There is paisley motif on the pants as well, can you spot it?

The trees said: We twinning, yo!

Part of the semi-abandoned architecture I mentioned was getting a makeover but no sign of it just yet.

Man-made electrical wires going through the field and a piece of branch dangling on them. Magnificent trees swayed in the background.

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos! So, tell me: Do you wear pants like this? Do you go nutty over elephants? Do you own an elephant or two? If so, can I pet the tame one. Please drop your thoughts down below because you know I consume them all with such delight.

A quote to touch your heart by Nhat Hanh:

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

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