January 09, 2014

we're going to the zoo

Sweet. Thoughtful. Ours...



I had heard them whispering, and saw them quickly cover some notes when I came close. They pretended innocence, but I know the actions of the suspicious too well.  But with Christmas fast approaching, suspicious has to be acceptable...

Their gift ...a date to the zoo. For two.
Tickets, giraffe feeding, snacks, and a photo-booth-photo-shoot. All that's left is the going...

On Cam's birthday, we took a pre-trip...for three. Just me and my two. We went to see the animals, and Gramma, too.  



My mom may have fallen in love with zoo volunteering at the first mention, and once she was there, well, we can hardly tear her away.   What started out as marking time between Africa trips has become so much more.    She divides her time between the giraffes and creating animal enrichment.  On Cam's birthday?  It was both. 


I love watching her work... ushering in the giraffe feeders a group at a time, reminding of how to hold the lettuce...come closer, hold it up.  And then he comes in with that long tongue, wraps it around the lettuce, and waits for the next leaf.  I could watch her and her giraffes all day long...


She built this contrapion for giraffe enrichment, which is always exercise for their spectacular tongue. Grain in the ball, water dripping from the jug. One approaches and then another. Spinning ensues as they each try to stand their ground, grappling for the fun.   


Watching them play is such a gift... one that reminds of of where we've been.
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3 comments:

Southern Gal said...

What a sweet, thoughtful gift! Your mom looks so happy. Amazing shots of those giraffes, too.

Mom said...

You put to words all the feelings inside one's heart....I love you!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love your gift from Laura and Cam; they know YOU so well!!! The giraffe contraption is so cool….I too love watching them and their crazy tongues!!!