So, I took Joseph to the zoo again about a week and a half ago, and I am just now getting around to write about it. Probably because it was fairly uneventful and boring. Well, until the end. But, I digress.
Here is Joseph in front of the carousel that he rode for the first time.
Note the look of total apathy and boredom (and the Batman shirt, heehee.) That is the look that he had on his face the whole time he rode it. I, on the other and, had a smile plastered on my face encouragingly, and continually said, “Whee!!” in hopes of dredging up some enthusiasm in my son. No such luck.
Now, please notice the GIANT goose just a giant-wing-flap away from gouging out Joseph’s eyes.
I know that you can’t see because of the hat, but take it from me, there is no expression change.
Then, we went to see the penguins who were really active and eating!
After a quick glance, Joseph chose to stare at the other children instead.
Next, he touched a bunch of things.
And would not stop touching long enough for all of the cute photo shoots I had planned.
Okay, now this was cool:
That tiger is the REAL ONE!!
So, after a long day we made it to the gift shop to look around. I saw a shelf full of masks and decided that it was time to spice things up a bit. I chose the most cheerful, smiling lion that I could find, and decided to put it on to show Joseph. I thought that either he would think it was funny, or perhaps a little bit scary.
Either way would be funny. (My family has a sick, sick sense of humor. I apologize.)
I put it and said very calmly and sweetly, “Hey Joseph??”
I swear that I did not roar (sadly, it had crossed my mind), jump out from behind something, or yell at him.
HE WAS TERRIFIED OF THE SCARY (SMILING) LION THAT HAD APPARANTLY EATEN HIS MOMMY’S HEAD.
He screamed so, SO very loud, and rather high pitched; like a woman from an old horror film. My poor, sweet baby!!
Everyone in the whole gift shop stopped and came to see what was wrong. I was trying really hard not to laugh (remember, sick humor. And come on, who could have known??), and taking a picture.
A lady next to me said, “Oh, don’t worry. She just put on a lion mask and scared her baby.”
I was indignant and wanted to correct her ,but…well… that is actually what happened. Innocent and pure as my intentions may have been.
At this point I was really embarrassed and, let’s face it, still laughing, so I got Joseph out to snuggle him (I’m not that heartless!), and we walked out of the zoo.
Halloween should be a real treat.