this particular elephant/human/deity sits by the cash register at the only indian restaurant in town. once I finish my kheer and chai, I can never resist touching the bottom of his foot while waiting to pay. every single time, my hand is drawn to the flower etched on the sole of his foot. the brass is sturdy, cool and smooth and the touch is oddly comforting. my fingers can't help but trace the design and I feel a blush when others notice how I fondle the gentle foot.
yesterday, I snapped his photo. which led me to do some quick research on him. ganesha: hindu lord of beginnings, remover of obstacles.
I knew I loved him for a reason.