Tom and I took the kids to the zoo last week.
It was hot. Like 100 degrees hot.
And Natalie wanted to keep almost every animal we saw.
For instance, she loved these things:
“Can we have one?” she asked.
“Um. No,” I replied. I have enough trouble keeping up with the beings that live in the house as it is.
“Oooo. Can we have one of these?”
(Rare photo of Tommy! Most of the time he groans when I suggest taking a photo of him.)
“No. This belongs to the zoo.”
“I want one of these!”
“Me too, actually! But we can’t.” Meerkats are adorable. Remember the show Meerkat Manor? I think that’s what it was called. I can’t believe I was even invested in a show like that but I was. I remember when some died and I was like, “Oh no!”
There was a Merry Go Round that Natalie had to ride on. Tommy said no way.
When the ride was over Natalie was like, “Can we buy one of these?”
“Sure, if your Daddy was Tom Cruise.”
She found a statue of a turtle:
“His name is Ralph!” she said.
Look! We found the owl from Labyrinth.
My kids don’t appreciate Labyrinth. Tommy was bored when I showed it to them. Natalie was freaked out by the goblins and the bulge in David Bowie’s pants.(She'll appreciate it when she's older.)
She found another statue:
And we saw an elephant and her baby.
Plus another statue.
Despite the heat, we ended up having a great time. We’ll probably go again when it cools down.
I can almost bet that Natalie will want to take something else home.