Monday, June 15, 2009
We made a racing trip to the OKC zoo today before we had to pick my sister Paula up from the airport. I originally thought we would have 4 hours to look around, but it turns out the zoo opened an hour later than I originally thought. However, we did get to look around 3 hours, and that's all this group of kids could survive.
You would not believe the litany of:
My feet hurt.
I want to ride the tram.
It's too far to walk.
I think we must have walked at least a mile already.
However, at the first sight of a mister they would all run as fast as they could to stand under it. Logan actually said, "It's a good thing we didn't have time to be here all day, or I would have needed a wheelchair."
That, Gentle Reader, is obviously why my sister & us will never make a trip to Disney World! Yes, it was hot. Yes, it was so dad gum muggy that my underwear got all sweaty. Wait. Was that too much info? Well, it's true, and all of you know it. That is the worst feeling. Yuck. But still, these kids are young. What is wrong with today's youth? Have we coddled them to the point that they can't take a little sweating and sore feet to look at some zoo animals.
The boys were too funny. They talked about seeing the alligators, pythons, anacondas, fish, monkeys, etc. It was a mad dash to see them. We simply had to hurry. Then, when we would get to whatever animal they were dying to see, they would look at it for 5 seconds and be done with it. It was comical. Of course, it didn't bother the girls or me. We had seen all of the animals several times.
So in review, here's the scenario:
It was hot.
The kids were exhausted with less than 3 hours of wandering the zoo.
Certain animals were "must sees."
These animals had to be seen as quickly as possible, and then required 5 seconds of observation.
The sight of a mister alone can give the energy boost equivalent to 12 soft drinks.