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Cindy Maddera


Sunday morning, we were being pretty lazy. We'd eaten breakfast. We'd watched CBS Sunday Morning. We'd made really bad hot chocolate. The Cabbage watched cartoons. Eventually we all found ourselves back in bed with the Cabbage using me and Michael as her personal climbing gym. Then the Cabbage asked "what are we going to do today?" and Michael replied "I don't know. What do you want to do today?" "Go to the zoo!" said the Cabbage. Michael and I looked at each other and shrugged. Why not? What else were we going to do that day? So, we got up, cleaned up and went to the zoo. It turned out to be a pretty decent day for it too. The weather was nice and it wasn't too crowded. We saw monkeys and rode the train. We saw kangaroos lounging in the shade of tall trees (the kangaroos kind of roam free at our zoo). We ate Dip-n-Dots. I believe this was the Cabbage's first exposure to Dip-n-Dots because of the look on her face when we fed her that first bite. Michael bought the Dip-n-Dots while the Cabbage and I were riding the carousel. As we were exiting the ride, all the Cabbage saw was that her dad was eating ice cream. She was all "Ice cream! Ice cream!" until I shoved a spoonful into her mouth. You could see her rolling the beads of ice cream around in her mouth and deciding if this was something she agreed with. Dip-n-Dots are now Cabbage approved.


But the best thing at the zoo had to be the elephants. I'm not just saying that because elephants happen to be my favorite animal and I love them and would have one in my backyard as a pet if someone would let me (no one every lets me). I say this because as we walked up to the elephant enclosure, one elephant started to trumpet loudly. Another elephant came running over and then all of the elephants gathered together in a defensive circle. Some of the elephants were making a low rumbling sound. They stood that way for several minutes, gently swaying but staying on high alert. We kept looking around to see what could have caused the ruckus. We thought maybe there was a baby hidden in the middle of the herd, but there wasn't. Then, finally, they all mosied off in opposite directions. It was the oddest, most fascinating moment at the zoo and for days after one of us would just stop what we were doing and say "hey! what about those elephants at the zoo?".


Happy Love Thursday.