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zoo flashback February 22, 2012

Filed under: History lessons,sisters — dayna @ 11:55 pm

Lately, fewer things have thrilled me more than observing my girls’ blossoming sister-friendship. Most of the time, they seem to honestly adore each other’s company.

I found myself grinning at this sweetly predictable picture from a trip to our local zoo last month.

And then, an echo in my mind. Childhood memories flooding back.

Sure enough, while visiting my mother recently, she obligingly dug up one of these little gems…

That’s my adorable big sis front and center in the yellow coat, a couple of our cousins, and me on the eagle’s shoulder in the blue hat. Yes, our frequent trips to the National Zoo were usually documented by a similar shot.

Here’s another one from a few years later with other (obviously thrilled) cousins…

Even the eagle looks miserable, doesn’t he?! And yup, that’s me wearing glasses only the early 80’s could love.

Hmm, sharing this family tradition with the next generation could be serious fun;)

How about you? Did your childhood include any regular rides on concrete wildlife?


Postscript: I couldn’t resist adding another one with a friend from just this week…

There’s no creature these girls can’t tame!


5 Responses to “zoo flashback”

  1. We rarely went to the zoo growing up. But, we happen to be going next Wednesday with a bunch of church peeps if you wanna join in! And I think I’m going to buy a membership, so we can go often in the next couple months before it gets too hot! 🙂

    P.S. Love the glasses!

    • This was probably due to the fact that there were so many of us. We really never went much of anywhere. 🙂 I remember going to the zoo in Albuquerque once though, and Reid Park once or twice while visiting the gparents.

      • dayna Says:

        I would have to say that is one of the things I now know to appreciate about growing up so close to D.C. Admission to the zoo (and many other attractions) was free because it is part of the Smithsonian institute. What dream outings for families, hunh?

        Sent from my iPhone

    • dayna Says:

      Thanks for the invite and the compliment on my sweet specs;-) I will get back to you re:Wed. I personally recommend waiting on your zoo membership until they charge for your little one and sometimes there are groupons… Just a thought.

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Stephanie Says:

    We rarely went to the zoo when I was a child. In fact, I probably only went once? My parents weren’t fans…and, similar to Jessica’s family, there were so many of us. 😉

    P.S. I totally agree about how wonderful it is to watch the blossoming friendship between sisters. Kayla and Liv are best buds – and I adore how they play together.

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