Wednesday, June 1, 2011

facing the giants (or in this case, dinosaur)

No, this entry doesn't have anything to do about paper. Good. We've gotten that out of the way.

Our son is 2 1/2, and suffice it to say that we've already gotten some good mileage out of our Detroit Zoo membership. Every time we go, we discover something new. So we were excited to round the corner during a recent outing and see this "preview" of the upcoming dinosaur exhibit, Dinosauria. What you can't see from this photo is that the T-Rex roars. And moves. I'm talking tail, neck, jaws... Now imagine that you are two, and that all of the animals you've seen so far that day are real. Logic would lead you to assume that this, too, was very real. And very close. With nothing but a rope between you.

Caleb stood frozen in his footsteps, and clenched his "bat" (a carrot-shaped bat from Easter). Every time the T-Rex would roar, he would swing the bat menacingly. Which pretty much sums him up. This photo was taken shortly before I explained to him that the dinosaur was "pretend." A conversation which went over almost as well as my feeble attempts at explaining why Rice Krispies eventually stop snapping and crackling. I'm still not sure if he understood me this time around, but I guess we'll find out if he asks to bring a bat (or some other toy that can be repurposed as a weapon) the next time we go to the Detroit Zoo.

May the giants (or dinosaurs) you face today turn out to be far less menacing than you originally thought. Or not. In which case, don't forget your carrot bat.

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