Who ever thought that children have a short attention span has never played “Re-enact Goldilocks & the Three Bears” with Sophie.
Sophie not only has an attention span longer than mine, she also has a really lovely curiosity. This weekend was our first visit to the zoo when Sophie was old enough to ask questions. Thanks to her questions, we both learned a great deal:
- pandas poop up to 40 times a day in the wild
- panda poop is pear-shaped
- at the San Diego Zoo, panda poop is turned into paper for sale in the gift-shop. We didn’t buy any. We did, however, buy a sparkly pink purse holding two stuffed pandas with matching heart necklaces. It is difficult to express how delighted Sophie is with this tchotchke.
- The elephant with the crooked, shortened, bandaged tail had been bitten by another elephant.
- The other elephant broke his tusk while biting that tail.
- The vet came to look at both elephants and they’re both going to get better soon.
Now, in addition to nearly endless re-enactments of Goldilocks, we also have a new game of Panda Poop, and a new song to sing, again and again, to the tune of “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed:”
Two little elephants biting on the tail
One got hurt and gave a yell
Mama called the doctor and the doctor yelled,
‘No more elephants biting on the tail…”
In contrast, Ben spent the weekend at an extra-long mountain-bike race in Prescott, Arizona. After “seeing Jesus” on a particular arduous hill, he and his buddies went off to explore the dive-bars of Prescott, all night. Hearing their stories now, I’m really not sure which one of us had a better weekend.