December 18, 2012

By Gabrielle.

Mike Fontana, a sculpture and industrial designer, lives in what most of us might consider tight quarters. Four hundred square feet, to be exact, shared with his grown daughter and a number of oversized and yet surprisingly not overwhelming objects. But that’s not what I wanted to tell you.

Over his desk, Mr. Fontana keeps a Horton face fashioned from Styrofoam. Horton is his mascot. His guardian angel, if you will. Why? As the artist explains it, “Horton is a symbol of integrity. And I like that he is here watching my back.”

That’s what I wanted to tell you. And I also wanted to ask if you’ve got someone in your home watching over you, too. I hope you do.

P.S. — More elephants, lest you’ve forgotten!

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1 Hayley December 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

When I taught 8th grade English, we touched on a few children’s books to coordinate with our The Diary of Anne Frank unit – and Horton Hears a Who was one of them. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” We constructed fun venn diagrams that compare the acts in this book to the acts of the Holocaust. (please note, I am not suggesting the events are even close to being the same, but if you look at the grand scheme of things and the overall message, kids can draw similarities.) All that to say, I love Horton and I love his messages! :)


2 Sara @ What About Sara December 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

My grandmother gave me a little angel figurine that she says is supposed to watch over my husband and I and our six-month-old son. I treasure it :)


3 Chicago Jen December 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I just bought a giant turquoise bull head and hung it in our dining room! All 4 of us (husband, 2 babies and I) are born under the Taurus astrological sign. I started calling “The Bull” our family mascot. Lots of friends and family have commented on him, no one has complimented me on him but I love him and he is part of our family :) The babies kiss him and say, “Night night blue bull” as part of our bedtime routine :)


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