It’s day 2 of the 5 day-post-a-pic-and-tell-a-story-about-it challenge. I have chosen to organize these 5 days around the theme of “what love looks like.”
It’s quarter break here in the cornfields, so there was a half day of school today. I took my monkey and part of her troop to the zoo for the afternoon. The weather was perfect, and the crowds weren’t overwhelming.
Fun fact: Omaha has one of the best zoos in the country.
I don’t think I had been to the zoo since my girls were in grade school. And, today was the first time I wasn’t with a gaggle of other moms, pushing a stroller, or carrying jackets, water bottles, sunscreen, and lunch bags. The kids went their way, and I went mine, with full freedom to stand and watch the otters, or the new baby giraffe, or the actual monkeys for as long as I wanted.
As a photographer, it was an ideal situation. Nobody was standing and waiting for me, so I could take time to adjust settings and compose my shots. (and laugh at the ape who kept taunting another monkey by shaking the branch he was on)
As a mom, it was more proof of the reality that the days of taking kids to the zoo are coming to an end soon. Sarah will be 16 next year, and they will be driving themselves. We have had lots of fun on all of our zoo trips. I’m thankful for years of such great memories.
So tonight, I will say a prayer of gratitude for all of the wonderful zoo memories with the kids. But also, I will thank God that it was such a nice surprise to get to walk around alone with my camera. I look forward to more days like today.