So, am I really the only person who likes the zoo? Rocky Balboa likes the zoo :-)
But seriously...is the zoo just a child and/or woman thing?
I asked a friend recently to take me to the Bronx Zoo. His response?
I told him I thought it would be a fun thing to do for the day.
"What's so funny?" I asked.
He said, "What is it with women and the zoo? Why do women like going to the zoo?"
I never knew that going to the zoo was a "woman" thing. He ranks it right up there with endless shopping trips, big purses, flip flops and Tyler Perry movies. I mean...I admit, I've never heard a man say to his boys, "Yo son, let's go to the ZOO!" But at the same time, I never viewed it as a "non-manly" thing to do. If Rocky can take Adrian to the zoo, then what's the big deal? :-)
Maybe it's the "cute" factor. I don't consider myself a "girlie-girl" in the least. We've already talked about my tom-boy past and how I shun makeup and doing my hair. But something about swinging monkeys and baby koala bears gets me all warm inside :)
I understand that walking around all day looking at animals who seem to do nothing but watch you back is boring to most people, but for some reason I find it fascinating. I read all the information listed about each animal, from it's mating habits and migrating trends to when they shed, how long they sleep and what they eat. As many times as I've been to the zoo, I find that I can never learn enough about all the animals there. I guess it's because I'm an animal lover - and even though I'm terrified of snakes and know that alligators can kill and eat me - I'll spend a good half hour staring at them in the Reptile Building. I know...call me crazy.
But is the zoo a "woman" thing?
I said to my friend, "What's the big deal? My nephew LOVES the zoo!"
He said, "Yes, but he's SIX."
Okay, fine, I get it. I can see calling the zoo a "child" thing because children have a natural curiosity about animals and nature that brings a sense of wonder to their eyes. I guess after the age of ten, the wonder should be gone - but for me, the feeling of discovery at the zoo has remained with me well into adulthood. The sight of a new baby panda melts my heart. A mother licking her baby cub on the scruff of his neck makes me smile. And a big elephant spraying water with his trunk in order to keep cool is just...FUN to me. I know lions and tigers and bears can maul me to death - but stick them behind a fence or some glass and I simply want to give them a hug. I know...maybe it IS a bit crazy. But it's locked in my DNA, I can't escape it!
But is it "girl" thing? Who knows. All I know is he promised to take me to the zoo - and I plan on holding him to that promise...and he's gonna like it!
Tell me what you think is a "man" or a "woman" thing - go!
Over the years, I've been blessed to have spent time with, befriend, love, learn from and share experiences with people who have helped me grow and inspire me everyday. They have shared words of wisdom, strengthened me with encouragement, gave me joy with a smile, comforted me with a hug, gave clarity to my visions and dreams and renewed my spirit with faith. It is through family and friends that I manage to be happy and hopeful.
These relationships work because we share our philosophies, our personal truths and an outlook that prompts us to seek something greater in all and in ourselves. Sharing a journey heartedly illuminates our lives and enriches our experiences. It keeps us moving....always evolving....ever changing.
I have been transformed by the wisdom, opinions, insights and revelations of those who have shared their journey with me. It's a blessing I long to share with you through my first ever blog. For me, writing is a reflection of my own direct experience and I look forward to all of you sharing your thoughts and experiences with me.
So...with that said....can I just say.....??? :-)