Friday, March 31, 2006

Miserable Merriment!

We had a wonderful family day yesterday at the zoo! We ended up staying from open to close - all day! That wasn't our intentions, and I definitely think we over-walked poor post-surgical Papa, but oh! We had such a good time!

We saw every animal that was at the zoo, taking our time and talking all along the way. We splurged and bought lunch at the "Safari Grill", eating our feast outside among the giraffe and the gibbons! We played in the giant sand box, brushed the goats, fed the camels, walked like the penguins, and waded among the 'lily pads'! Which leads me to my story...

Candy Man can have the most wonderous of days and he says it was terrible! He focuses on the one little bad (or sometimes just somewhat irritating) thing that happened and that's all he talks about! While wading, a little boy pushed Candy Man and got him wet.

Sidenote: Now, according to Game Master, some other kids, and some eager-to-blame moms who-saw-it, this kid was a real bully. Game Master says that bully bit him in the booty! Other moms were outraged and tried to point the kid out to me. I just wanted to ensure that my children were okay. The whole ordeal lasted about 5 minutes. We left that area and went on to have more fun.

All the way home, Candy Man talked about this bully and how mean he was and what he had done to the other kids. After being sure to validate his concerns, I tried many times to steer the conversation back to the fun things we'd done. To no avail...

This is just my Candy Man! At Thanksgiving, I said, "What are you guys thankful for?" Candy Man immediately spoke up and said, "WELL! I can tell you what I'm NOT thankful for!!"

God bless him and make him thankful! I'm sure thankful for him!

5 comments:

Shalee said...

Oh, bullies... I just want to wring their necks for messing with other kids. Then I want to wring their parent's necks for not training them to control themselves.

Antique Mommy had a great blog on this matter. If I've done the link correctly, this should take you there.

Shalee said...

I don't think it worked, so go to http://antiquemommy.blogspot.com/2006/02/polar-bears-and-bullies.html

(I have so much left to learn...)

Peach said...

Oh TN mama! I sighed over your day at the zoo. I have SO many fond memories of tooling around that zoo with different friends and my sweet ones.

I laughed out loud at Candy Man. He is so much like my Sweetcheeks. Just tonight we were at our favorite pizza place for dinner. Because it was taking longer than normal to get our food to us -- she was sitting there complaining over how hungry she was and how she would walk home rather than wait for the food we'd already ordered.

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Reverberate58 said...

Oh how I miss the Knoxville Zoo. We went all the time. Last spring we took the granddaughter on her first visit and she love the Kids Cove. I haven't checked out the Atlanta Zoo yet but hope it is as nice. Sounds like it was a good day!