In preparation for tying a red bow around its cotton-stuffed girth, I polished up the Indian elephant Miss Osborn had sent me for Christmas years ago, when I was in grad school. Elor Osborn--may her name be revered--taught Latin at Waco High, my alma mater. She required a lot out of me, more than I realized I could do. She also put up with a lot of nonsense from me, which is part and parcel of the Fiorella package. And when I made Phi Beta Kappa at UT, she paid for my pin.
I think Miss Osborn would be happy with how I turned out. When I die, I want that elephant to go with me as grave goods.