Do you know how elephants are trained? When they are babies, a heavy rope or chain is put around their neck and tied to a tree. The elephant tries to get away but can’t. The elephant finally realizes that there is no way it can get away, and it gives up. Soon, just the feel of the weight of the rope is enough to make the elephant stay where it is.
Dear younger self. Here you are on the day of your Christening, with all your grandparents. Nan Torraville is holding you. She will be gone before your second birthday, but you will feel her presence with you all your life. You are named Michelle, but you will be known as Shelly.