On Saturday morning, we decided – somewhat on a whim – to take the kids to Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.
My first real zoo experience was as an adult (but not as a parent) at the National Zoo in D.C. with my half-sister, Jen, and her two small children. It was the perfect zoo experience! The animals were pretty easy to see – including the new baby panda. My nephew was very small, maybe about the same age as Livi now, and my niece was so interested in all the exhibits, so well-behaved attentive to her mother’s words. It was a wonderful experience and I treasure that memory (and the photos) of that day.
And so, as we started off, I had this illusion of taking amazing photos and crafting a great blogpost documenting our perfect little outing. But life, is not an illusion, and certainly is not perfect…
|Gorillas eating their lunch:Daddy is in the forefront, and baby behind and to the right of him.|
We watched the gorilla’s eating their lunch and interacting… so human-like… the daddy looking around for danger, the baby scampering around… the whole family unit acting just like a human family. We stood rather in awe of them for several minutes, Matt and I both snapping photos and Ethan sitting on Matt’s shoulders pointing their different features and behaviors. That was my one moment of perfect – a bright spot in the afternoon.
|Ethan & Daddy checking out the Savannah Exhibit|
|Catching a snack between exhibits|
|Mumma & Livi watching the Giraffe|
|Ethan taking a break for a dino ride|