Sunday, November 22, 2009

Camel jockey

This only seems like one of those really Kool smoking ads targeting kids; it's actually just Tommy enjoy his first camel ride. If he starts smoking next year, though, I'm gonna sue the crap out of our local Zoo. I mean, come on - if they are going to stoop to such levels, they should at least have a Marlboro Man climbing tower and a Lucky Strike slide; even minors shouldn't be monopolized.

Before twisting innocent playground rides into Big Tobacco conspiracies, I was having fun of a different kind. I had been unwillingly nominated to be the ring master in a bizarre 'circus' invented by the Zoo Crew & Dalia, incorporated.

It looked like a simple game of Twister to me, but eventually the overabundance of freaks sold me on the whole 'circus' idea.

After breaking up the carnie reunion, Peter went with Mama to the Planetarium for the advanced version of last week's field trip. Surprisingly, David did not care much that he was not old enough to partake in this exclusive knowledge journey of the elders. Secretly, I think he was enjoying the Big Brother bonding time.

As it turned out, the whole 'bonding' thing did not take long. At this bench-point, David smelled shit and wisely checked his shoe. After finding nothing, he screamed out to the amusement of the zoo patrons passing by that 'Tom - he go kaka in he pants again'.

I would have never thought that there could be anything cute about a kid shouting out that his younger brother had just crapped his pants, but Tom got completely excited when David shouted out his name and started dancing around in circles. See, he has only recently passed the 'I know my name' milestone. Bravo, stink-o!

After cleaning Tommy's bottom, he was ready to put it to use.

What you don't see in this still is that Tom sat at the top of the slide for almost five minutes with the same shit-eating grin. After the first minute, I realized that Tom was actually scared. He's gone down our local slide alone before, but not this one. After three minutes, I realized that I needed to intervene to keep Tommy from getting his ass kicked by the impatient kids waiting in line. Why don't you brats go hang out with Joe Cool over there?

I finally unfroze Mr. Jitters by holding his hand as he went down the slide. I have to admit that it was a small and insignificant event, but I won't forget how proud and content Tom looked when he hit the ground. Even though I was the safety net catching him from certain death, he didn't look to me. Instead, he searched for his big brother and David was standing by and more than willing to dish out the high-fives. Kool.
Ladder Talk:
1) What was the best part of your day?
Peter: When we was meeting Grams and Opa and had Dalia over.
David: When I saw one by Peter Pan.

2) What was the worst part of your day?
Peter: When David maked his stinky feet on my face.
David: When I cannot to Artin.

3) What would you like to do tomorrow?
Peter: I want to go to Dalia's.
David: Go to Dalia.

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