The Day It All Changed… for the Better
The shiny red Dodge Avenger purred with a faint hum all the way back to our hometown that afternoon. It was the first time any of us had been back for quite some time. Still a little groggy from our naps, we attempted to exchange childhood memories over the annoying soft noise of radio music. All of the kids sat in the car anxious as momma drove the car with a calm ease. Shaun in the front; Neko, my lady Ariel, and I in the back. Memories of this and that echoed through the interiors— our younger days growing up in the heart of small town Maywood, IL were both often filled with awe and perplexity.
But as we pulled up to our extended family’s house, we all took a deep breath and admitted to ourselves, without saying one word: things would never be the same. We knew this was the last time we would all be in the same car, driving through the old neighborhood, drinking the same Kool-Aid. We are so different now. We are men. And momma found her wings again. We knew this would be the last time, for a while.
Last Saturday, July 19, 2014, my twin brother Neko Harris (@nekofutgty) experienced one of the happiest moments of this life: he married his longtime love Eleshia Simms (@eleshia_lee). This special day marked the start of new beginnings and growth for our family. It was surreal watching the man I shared the womb with step into the next dimension of his life. However, I know God gave him a partner that loves him whole-heartedly and unconditionally. What more can anyone ever ask for?
photographer: Quinnton Harris
someone asked earlier what tattoo artists practice on before human skin.
here is a tattooed banana, one of the options.
nubbsgalore: photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts