I never knew how powerful a family mascot is until our family developed one unknowingly. It all started over 10 years ago when my parents decorated a sibling’s front lawn with pink flamingos for April Fool’s Day. A short time later, those same flamingos made their way to another family member’s yard. And before we knew it, “flamingoed” became a new verb in our extended-family dictionary whenever we would “flamingo the yard” with our now-traveling flamboyance of pink lawn decor. Over time, flamingos have become our extended-family symbol (especially among the women). “Flamingo” is the equivalent of the word “love” in our family.