A Day At the Zoo


Prehensile Tailed Porcupine

Prehensile Tailed Porcupine

I am exhausted… my feet ache, but I couldn’t be happier.

I spent the day at the zoo.

It was terrific, just what the doctor order.

Working four jobs and writing in every spare moment of brain power, I forget sometimes to recharge my batteries.  Okay, most of the time.

The day began with me saying the heck with it and buying some new duds.  Who needs to do laundry, when Old Navy is having a sale? Just kidding, well mostly, I don’t have a washer/dryer in the house and before this morning only owned one pair of jeans.  New duds were in order.  And besides, I wanted to look my best for the jungle kitties.

My own dear kitties thought it would be fun to lead their Momma on a chase through the neighborhood after having come home the night before in need of repair. (Jack had a puncture wound and Nu was covered in gray dirt and scratches.)  After they were all safely stowed away in the house, it was off to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, an easy forty minute drive from my house with one of my best friends, Zee-Mama

Sir Gus..

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The zoo is a hidden treasure of the Central Florida area.  Each time I return, I wonder why I stayed away so long.  My inner child loves watching the animals and spending the day not only with Zee-Mamma but some old friends as well made it even more delightful.

It is nothing like my hometown zoo, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., but it is a wonder nonetheless and to be honest I like far more. You can see everything in a hour or two if you want and there are plenty of different activities to keep children enthralled after touring the exhibits.  Small zoos aren’t bad zoos especially when they are filled with people who truly love the animals and the visitors.  One woman I met works there along side her eight-seven year old mother. She helped us in the gift shop and directed us to the kitty cat encounter.  A single mother who beamed with pride both for her job and her daughter, a senior, at the University of Central Florida. The zookeepers who facilitated the feline encounter were friendly and took their time to answer everyone’s questions.

A day at the zoo, a day with friends, a day just to enjoy being alive, that was what today was for me. A blessing.

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