What a day! I spent four hours at the zoo with my 3 daughters, my 4-year-old niece, my 2-year-old nephew, my sister YoYo, and my mom and dad. My girls have been to the zoo a lot, but this was Anna and Ethan’s first time, and it was soooo cool to watch their reactions to everything.
Mom and Dad are keeping Anna and Ethan for 3 days, and Mom said Anna woke up this morning rather distraught about all the animals roaming freely about the zoo and biting her. Mom did her best to explain that the zoo was actually quite safe for small children.
It took them awhile to understand that fish and manatees cannot bite you through glass. Anna thought the cardboard tigers were real. “They’re not alive,” we told her. “Are they DEAD?” she wanted to know. They hated the carousel. Anna opted out of the boat ride and sat with me while I fed Nina. When she finally realized that her family members who took the boat ride would indeed return to her and were not gone forever, she wanted to go but it was too late. Ethan cried on the train then loved it. Anna cried when we had to get off. Ethan babbled and pointed and went full steam for four hours. I loved watching their eyes light up when they saw an animal for the first time, and their little shrieks of joy were to die for. All of them had such a wonderful time.
I am so thankful that God created so many living things for us to enjoy. Although I must admit I’m confused as to why He designed some of them the way He did. (The female moose, for one, is quite unattractive.)
Oh, I want to write more, but I am exhausted…
Thank you so much everyone for your encouraging comments when I was having a poopy day (week). You are a blessing! Oh, and I have 9 hubby surveys and 60 from the women. Forget the deadline! Keep ’em coming!