Traveling with Melican the pelican
We’ve all seen those annoying yet endearing Travelocity commercials with the Roaming Gnome. My wife and I have a traveling mascot, a stuffed pelican given to us by our granddaughter to take along during our travels. We call him Melican the pelican…takes after my name and is both catchy and motivational…Mel…I…can. We don’t always remember to take “him” with us during our travels, but recently, we have included “him” in our packing list so we would always remember to take “him” with us. Either that or suffer the wrath of our granddaughter who often inquires why Melican isn’t in our pictures when we visit far off lands. Heck, we even take “him” with us to our hikes and to the beaches here in Hawaii…despite losing “him” at the beach for an ever brief, yet tense, period of time. How would we ever explain losing Melican to our granddaughter?
On at least two occasions, in China and in England, we’ve also met travelers who roam the earth with a traveling mascot. At the Great Wall of China, this American couple traveled with a stuffed monkey named George. At Stonehenge, this American family traveled with a stuffed giraffe named Geoffrey. Could it simply be just Americans packing their own stuffed animals and taking them along for their travels? I would be interested to know if others, not just Americans, do the same thing. I shudder to think that we are the only “goof balls” out there traveling with our Melican.