Friday, November 30, 2007
Maria is 3
Doesn't the zoo sound like the quintessential destination to mark a 3rd birthday? Doesn't quintessential sound lovely? I have no idea what it means. I can confirm though, that the zoo is a very good place to go when it is your 3rd birthday. Maria, with her raisins in a zoo pail, walked and ran and explored and delighted for many hours... and we delighted as well. William, Alex, Max and I spent most of the cool, gray day, following Maria up and down hills, through trails and to the exhibits of some beautiful animals.
We assume she liked it, mostly. At nearly every enclosure and exhibit she retracted her feet and said, "Don't eat my feet."
So, when Alex and Maria looked at the teeny-tiny marmosets, she said, "Don't eat my feet."
And quite understandably, when we went to pet the goats, she said, "Don't eat my feet."
She liked this activity, being a butterfly in the Children's Zoo. She liked the real, live insects too. I am not going to show the picture of the bird eating spider. Too creepy, for me.
"Don't eat my feet."
The otters like cold, gray days and they were very active.
Most of the animals were active and we got to spend a lot of time enjoying up close visits, especially with the orangutans, gorillas, and a crocodile.
Maria loves looking at pictures. She loves to sit on my lap, or her daddy's and look at Chickenblog pictures. This will probably be one of her favorite posts.
The zoo is a nice place to visit on a quiet day. We took our time, and only rushed when we wanted too... like when we ran to see the elephants and the rock hyrax. Otherwise we sat down and waited to see how long the crocodile could hold his breath. Answer: A long time.
No enclosure was secure enough to convince Maria we were completely safe, so she depended on her brothers to keep her protected.
I had to come back and add this elephant. William laughed and said, "The elephant is the quintessential zoo animal." So true. Thank you son.
And to the very end, Maria admonished every creature: "Don't eat my feet!"