Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Rare Day

Farm life was a simple life. There wasn't money for frivolous activity. We didn't go on exotic vacations or visit museums and other attractions. It just wasn't something we considered being farm kids. Our dreams were simpler. Our dreams were low budget. Then one day after church Mom announced that we were going to the Cincinnati Zoo. Wow, Cincinnati Zoo!!! I had no idea what to expect, but this kid was going on an unexpected outing.

I really don't remember much about that day at the zoo. I remember most being with my parents. I remember most the fact that they had a surprise for me that day, and it was so wonderfully unexpected. I don't know what triggered the idea, but it was a good one.

Another zoo day I remember was the time Aunt Esther took her niece and grand-niece and nephew to the Columbus Zoo. We all laughed when a goat tried to eat her map. It was a battle of wills. Of course, Aunt Esther won out. It was quality time with an aunt we didn't see often. It was our special time. These two events are the only times I ever went to either of the zoos again.

Gabby I went to the Oregon Zoo. Just the two of us having a day out. I wondered what she would remember of me and the zoo. Would it be the feeding of the Lorikeets or maybe the enormous Sea Lion sunning himself. Maybe it would be the picnic we packed and ate on the lawn as the bird show took place above our heads. The red hawk zoomed over us, and the bald eagle finished the presentation much to the delight of the audience. Two baby elephants romped in the pool causing huge waves. Or maybe she will just remember a day with the two of us hanging out with the animals.

It's funny how such a simple thing as an announcement of a trip to the zoo can make a lifelong impression. There weren't many times when I had my parents' full attention. This was one. The zoo was wonderful, but Mom and Dad were the best.

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