Just the friendly ones

A guest post from The Dad.

Fainjin has had a mandatory 48-hour absence from daycare because he was sick a couple of nights ago. It looks like it was a very short attack as he seemed fine for the rest of that night and has been eating normally (for him, that is) and alert and active while I’ve stayed home with him. He has happily tagged along with me running errands and walking Pearl to and from school.

During winter, the local zoo has $5 Wednesdays to encourage people to keep visiting even though most of the animals are pretty inactive. So, with Fainjin healthy and not much to lose if he decided he didn’t want to stay there, we went to the zoo this afternoon. As he was putting his boots on, he asked “Are we going on a plane?”. I guess this shows how long it’s been since we’ve been to our zoo if he thinks we have to go overseas.

After a short drive, we got there and joined the line of mums with pre-schoolers taking advantage of the winter deal, and as we went through, Fainjin announced “I don’t want to see the scary aninals. I only want to see the friendly ones”. This was a surprise given that he’d been talking about big cats, bears and crocodiles in the morning. However, as we went around and he started taking great interest over what might be in the next enclosure, the distinction between scary and friendly mattered less and less. By the time we got to the tiger, it was all forgotten, with Fainjin eagerly staring into its jaws a couple of feet away.

Later, at home, when Babess returned, Fainjin excitedly told her where we’d been and what we’d seen. Her eyes got wider and wider until she just had to ask “Did you see the T-Rex too?”.


© UpsideBackwards 2011.


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