You are obsessed with animals, or rather the brightly colored animals from this video that we could watch until we puked kitties and rainbows.
You squeal like it’s the first time every time I put on the video and it buys me three minutes to do something important like chew my food. Daddy even learned the chords on guitar, which amused you to no end and you fell over giggling. Actually, you fall over a lot. At seven and a half months you don’t seem to be in any hurry to sit. Crawling, now, that’s another matter.
Then, I noticed that this fascination translated to three-dimensional animals, like the cat at your Chilean grandma’s or the cats on our walks. Your eyes grow large and you purse your lips into a tiny ‘o’ while looking at me like seeing a cat walk lazily across the lawn is the most unbelievable stunt you’ve ever seen. The whole time I’m babbling, “The cats says meow. MEOW! MEOW! MEOW!”
So we thought that last weekend would be the perfect time to take you to the zoo and publicly make animal sounds for your enjoyment.
It was a gray day and kept sporadically raining only to dry up soon after. But, it didn’t matter, because by the time we got to the zoo you were fast asleep. Yet, still, I kept humming, “These are the sounds that the animals make….” We had to admit at that point that it was more for our benefit than yours.
Now, the Santiago Zoo is not particularly big or interesting. They are the run-of-the-mill animals in small cages looking dazed and glassy-eyed. The interesting part is the that the zoo is built into a hill that offers a great vantage of the city when there is no smog, which conveniently happens when it rains.
You eventually woke up.
Even with my masterful attempts at the song, you didn’t seem to make the connection. Maybe it was because those animals didn’t look like the progeny of a smurf and a munchkin.
The one animal you seemed to enjoy was the seal who swam slowly by the window gazing soulfully into your baby eyes. It stopped in front of us to poop and twirl around in it. You looked at me. It’s like you were thinking, “I would totally do that if I could sit up unassisted.”
I’d say the day was a success even if we only learned you’d rather go to an aquarium and we enjoy the Animal Song more than we care to admit.