My family has always loved going to the zoo. When the kids were young, we would break up long drives by leaving early, routing to a zoo somewhere in the midpoint of the trip, and then wearing them out watching animals so they would sleep for the remainder of the drive. It always seemed to work. The only problem with this practice was that our trips were usually in the summer and the afternoon car always had a rather pungent odor after we toddled around in the sun.
There were trips when we took more pictures and videos at the amusement stops than we actually did when we arrived at our destination because the kids love animals so much. One often sees odd behavior and sometimes a dalliance or two that must be explained to an inquisitive child. Of course, I relished these opportunities and gave it my creative best. From me they learned the finer points of turtle wrestling and why an elephant can have two trunks.
Once in a while, a golden moment happens and you notice that your child is sitting in front of something that is fairly comical. SNAP – picture that!
I have several photos that I am enormously proud of. I keep them on my computer in a little file I have labelled, “Freak Zoo”. Some I have shared and some I haven’t. I waited for the right moment to share one such picture. And it finally came.
I recall the trip to the St. Louis Zoo. My little wild child was sitting in front of an exhibit and I noticed the signage just behind her. I giggled. Then I remembered that I had the camera. Unbeknownst to my lovely bride and wifefilter, I took the picture. Actually, I took several to make sure I got it exactly as I wanted it and I giggle every time I see it and sometimes when I just think about it.
Here is the fruit of my labor.
I’ve been saving this picture for a decade. After all, timing is everything in comedy and something like this deserves its proper fanfare. I finally decided to post it recently on Facebook for her 16th birthday. I used the caption: “Happy Sweet 16 to my little ball of hair and sass”. (I considered adding “the s is sometimes silent”, but knew my wifefilter would vehemently object.)
I sat and waited for the comments to pour in. Oh the hilarity. I laughed out loud at the prospect of the fun my friends would have with this momentous picture. Imagine my disappointment when the only comments it got were happy birthdays.
How can this happen? How is it possible that either no one noticed, had too much decorum to comment, or worse yet, didn’t think it was funny? Don’t any of my friends get me?
This is the very height of comedy and EPIC photo. I decided right there that it was time to divorce my friends and start over with an advertisement. Something like:
Self-styled funny old man seeking friendship with people of like humor. Inappropriate laughter a must, keen eye and sharp wit a bonus, reliable transportation optional.
Then it finally happened! It took almost a day before one astute friend asked if we had noticed the sign. Thank you KT! You win the internet and saved me from a period of lonely isolation.
Actually, I’ve been blessed with some pretty good friends. Maybe they can be coached.