Sunday, September 14, 2014

No Avoiding Destiny

Theo stopped by for a day on his way back from 2 weeks of leave, weeks that he chose to spend touring the more popular spots in Jordan and Israel - you know, Petra, Wadi Rum, Eilat, the Dead Sea, Masada, Jerusalem.

Excuse me for a minute while I kvell over my eldest's excellent taste in vacation options.  I mean, really - he's 23.  Shouldn't he be lolling on a beach or getting drunk in a pub somewhere?

So he had a one-day layover here and he brought everyone souvenirs from the Middle East.  Those are in addition to the ones he had already brought back from his 2 trips to Morocco and the one trip to Tunisia (yes, Theo IS well-traveled and I AM jealous).  What with all this globe-trotting of his, I now have a fine collection of miniature camels, in leather and metal and wood. Camels standing, camels kneeling, camels that double as earring holders.

More camels
And there, my friends, is the rub.  I have observed over the past few decades that people who are drawn to collecting a certain animal (or representations thereof) tend to, well, resemble that animal. A lot.  Think about it - it's a simple corollary of the "dogs look like their owners" theorem, really.  And now that we have Facebook, with people posting pictures of their favorite animals ALL THE TIME? I have amassed mounting evidence to support my theory.

So! Camels.  I love my son and I adore that he thinks to bring me presents, but - quite frankly - I am starting to worry.  Is it only a matter of time until I start to resemble these creatures that are taking over my home?  I mean, have I ever mentioned that I have a slight overbite?  And fairly long eyelashes?

EVERYBODY gets a camel!

Is it fate?


  1. I think you only resemble the animals that YOU choose to collect. Theo has chosen for you; therefore, you are freed from any obligation to drink gallons of water and store them on your body. Plus I'd like to point out that your camels don't spit. ;)
    Having seen an excellent documentary about Masada, I am thrilled that your son was able to go there in person. Wise choice, Theo!

  2. I love all the camels! I hope we don't resemble our collections: I seem to have collected ceramic items of various animals: whale teapot, carousel tea kettle, cow butter dish, rooster pitcher. There are no good choices there.

  3. I collect nativity scenes. Maybe that's why I have so many children and animals!

  4. lol funny how your kids decide a collection for you!

  5. You get a camel! You get a camel! You get a camel! Sorry, I channeled Oprah for a moment. I like cows. I'm in trouble.

  6. Funny how someone else unthinkingly starts a collection for you; which everyone else notices - because how could they not notice that you have a collection of camels? - and then they proceed to add to your collection.

  7. How wonderful of him!
    Camels are also resilient, speedy and bear a lot of burdens to help maybe that's what he was focused on?
    Cool that you raised a son with such good taste in his vacation plans.