At a yard sale my youngest son wanted to buy a little toy and it was 2 for $1. He asked if he could buy 1 for 50 cents and they refused so he bought the toy he wanted and picked a little elephant for Suegra.
He went to Suegra and gave her the elephant and she smiled. “I will have good luck soon because of you,” she said in Spanish. My son smiled and walked away, probably not understanding her words but knowing she was happy.
“Why will you have good luck?” I asked.
She explained that in El Salvador some people believe if you have tres elefantes (three elephants), you will have luck – but the way in which you come to own the elephants is important.
“Uno comprado, uno regalado, y uno robado,” she says with a sly smile.
(One bought, one received as a gift, and one stolen.)
Knowing she has one elephant figurine in her room that she bought years ago, and now this one that my son gave her, I asked about the third.
“Do you have a stolen elephant?” I asked.
“No,” she said… “Not yet.”