Remember when you were a child visiting a friend’s home and got to see what their family was really like? This isn’t like that.
The elk family is just too different.
They all appear to get along well enough and share considerable time with their only apparent interest – eating. This leads to a surprising amount of family chewing time and hanging out at a large buffet. For a family that eats this much, they sure seem to wear their weight well.
I quickly noticed there were a lot of kids and too many moms for my liking. The elk lifestyle involves a lot of polygamy. They all seemed to think it was normal.
The most striking thing about this family had to be the dad’s most impressive presence.
Everything he did commanded my attention and respect. When he walked, it seemed as though the earth moved. I hung on his every movement.
Up close and personal he was similarly impressive. He would not be someone to antagonize.
As I expected, this dad had a booming voice and wasn’t shy about making himself heard.
Yet surprisingly, nobody in the family seemed to pay any attention to what he was saying. I guess it happens even to the best!
All too soon my happy observing time was over. I would be left with fond memories of another dysfunctional family.
Even now they are probably out there somewhere … eating, and ignoring dad.