September 6, 2011
Are you not aware you are in public?
I don't understand people's behavior at times. Do they think that they are walking around in a special bubble and others can't see or hear them? Last I checked the "Cone of Silence" from Get Smart has not been proven to work or is it being marketed.
Sunday we spent the day at the Zoo. First off convincing two teenagers, 17 and 14, that they want to get up early and spend the day at the Zoo with their parents deserves a moment of respect~~thank you. OK, moving right along. Our day was great with some fun moments and planking opportunities. Zoos are of course great attractions for families with young children. We absolutely loved tagging behind the little girl who was excited when she kept seeing pictures of an elephant; wish we were near when she actually saw the three at our zoo. Then there was the first grader who was acting like a tour guide. You also have to love how children can meet and in an instant devise a game that has the bird behind bars chasing them. AND THEN.....
Oh the things we overheard.
1. I carried you for 9 months then another 18 because you were a late walker if you think I'm carrying you around this zoo you're crazy ~Mom to a preschooler
2. Put the cup up so the bird can eat stop being a baby ~ Dad to a preschooler inside the bird aviary
3. If that snake bites you come and tell us cause it’s poisonous ~Mom educating child on North Eastern Diamond Rattlesnake
4. If you fall in I am not coming after you ~Mom to child hanging over edge of the moat wall surrounding the Lemur habitat
5. Why can’t you smile for the picture ~ Mom pleading to uncooperative child holding up line at photo op in front of Merry-Go-Round
Here is what I really really really wanted to say
1. Bet you wish you had spent the $5 on the stroller rental now huh
2. Sir actually he is still a baby and some fears are fine---as I head out of there cause those birds freak me out
3. So if a non-poisonous snake bites him you don't care?
4. Maybe if you taught your child NOT to lean on the edge you wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. Never mind showing the love!!
5. Mam you’ve just spent 5 minutes yelling at your kid to smile do you really think pleading with him is going to make it happen? Get over the picture already!! BTW she did get him to smile (tiny giggle) then he closed his eyes real tight.
Those were some of the non-cone of silence highlights. Parents whenever you take your young children anywhere do not have grand expectations of seeing the whole park. Remember this is Florida and it is so warm after 12noon that even most of the animals are napping!! I do think it is outrageous what it costs to visit the Zoo. As a family of 4 our tickets including the Sting Ray Bay were $56 and that doesn’t include paying to feed the Giraffes or the Lorikeets. I understand wanting to get the most out of your day… just remember they’re kids. Oh and that other people can hear you.
Finally two words about Zoo Rules….. FOLLOW THEM!!
Zoo rules... No Animals allowed. Pretty simple, let's face it there's enough animals inside the zoo already they don't want or need yours adding to the mix. This poor puppy isn't even in a dog carrier, it just looks so uncomfortable :0( You have to wonder what it was thinking.....Oh to live in cages like that!! Better yet what do you think the other animals were thinking when they saw him..... Where's the rest of him or I thought living in this fake habitat was bad!! By the way when we saw these people it was close to 2pm and easily close to 95 degrees.