Robby and I have been going to the local Animal Park since he was 9 months old. All of the employees know us by name and always afford Robby special treats like helping to feed the turtles. One of the saddest days of the year is the day the park closes for the season, and one of the happiest is when it reopens. When the owner contacted me on Monday and asked for a favor, I just couldn't refuse.
A local television
subsidiary was planning on remote broadcasting segments from the park,
and the owner was looking for a few children to interact with the
animals on camera. Despite having to get up early, I knew that Robby
would jump at the chance to participate. When I told him about the
invitation, he was excited and asked if Rowan could come as well. He
quickly pointed out that she has never been on television and that this
would be her chance. A few phone calls later and our group of three was
confirmed for the next morning's broadcast.
Robby and Rowan were
adorable during the drive to the Animal Park. I had to chuckle hearing
Robby try to calm Rowan's television debut anxieties, carefully
explaining everything that she might see and do. "This is just the news
show, so they probably won't put powder on our noses. But remember to
not look at the camera, but just keep smiling." I think he thoroughly
enjoyed his role as expert!
Their delight and excitement radiated
through the camera for the duration of the segments. I only cringed
once when Robby stepped up to feed the llama while the reporter was
talking. She patted and scratched Robby's head which I could tell he did
not appreciate. The look that he gave her was priceless and fully
communicated his feelings about having his head patted by a stranger.
Remembering that he was on camera, he quickly composed himself and went
about happily feeding the llama. I hoped that I was the only one to see
his reaction, but the ensuing phone calls with my Mom and Scott let me
know that I was not the only one to pick up on his disdain.
spending three hours posing for the cameras and schlepping through the
Animal Park, it was time to leave. We came home and ate lunch.
Apparently I missed a pow-wow because when we sat down to eat, I was
asked by both Robby and Rowan what time we were leaving for the pool. I
hadn't been planning to go to the pool, but lacking any good reasons to
deny the request, we finished our lunches and got changed into our
Another three hours swimming and our day of
adventure and fun was over. Don't misunderstand me, Robby had plenty of
energy to keep going. I, however, was exhausted. I wish I had his
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