Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wild things


My five-year-old boy is obsessed with zoos. Out of nowhere. And now he IS a "Zoo Man". He insists that we go to nashvillezoo.com (funny to hear him refer to it that way) all the time so that we can make lists of all the animals there that are also at HIS (imaginary)zoo. He has a location for his zoo picked out too. It is at Centennial Park ... speaking of 'wild things', he has no idea that his mommy, as a rebellious teen, once innocently hung out and swilled tequilla with the reknowned folk-punk band the Violent Femmes into the wee hours at that very location, but I digress. He is obsessed! When I put him to bed I say "I love you, Little Man" to which he responds "Say I love you 'zookeeper'". "Okay, I love you zookeeper ... goodnight Little Man", "Say goodnight 'zookeeper'!" He has given jobs to everyone he knows at his zoo (I think my job is to either answer questions or swim with the dolphins and his dad is the ticket man) I love his wild imagination, and I hope that all of his wishes come true. However, I am not sure about the potential of owning a zoo. I speak to him about the importance of kindness to animals and have discussed the virtues of having an animal sanctuary instead. And we are going to visit one such place on our trip to the Jersey Shore this summer .. Popcorn Park Zoo, a refuge for abused or abandoned exotic animals and wildlife who get released back to their environment whenever possible. How cool would that be as a family venture?!

7 comments:

Xenia said...

That does sound like a great place to visit! My girls always enjoy the zoo but I just end up feeling so guilty looking at the animals sitting there sadly.

How cute that your son is so into being a zookeeper... "Say I love you 'zookeeper'" is so sweet!

natalee said...

awwww.....what a great imagination....I love the Popcorn Zoo..We are planning a trip there this summer....

Penelope said...

Your blog is gorgeous.

Why do all us mamas of boys call our son little man? It's the cutest thing! I love how your son adds the dot com, lol, he is tech savvy :)

yonca said...

You son's so cute. Lol.. 'say I love you zookeeper':-) Haha..Loved it!..So sweet.

ModernMom said...

That really would be a cool family adventure!

Molly said...

That zoo sounds like a must see!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Oh, I love that. I definitely see a animals in his future! An animal sanctuary would be an honorable profession! :) We have one in Colorado that I want to take the kids to. They specialize in big cats. Maybe this summer...

And I wish I was swilling tequila with the Violent Femmes! :)

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