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Thursday, September 9, 2004

The Zoo
On Labor Day, we took our two boys to the zoo. I have to say that for a smaller city, Monroe has a decent zoo. They have recently opened a new Louisiana Purchase exhibit with an adorable black bear. I'm such a little kid when it comes to the zoo. I ooh and ahh the whole time. There is just something so amazing about all these creatures. I'm fascinated by the enormous size of the hippo, the majestic posture of the lions, the hooting of the monkeys. All my life I have dreamed of working with great apes. Many hours were spent pouring over National Geographics. I had posters of my favorite gorillas who communicated via sign language. How cool to "talk" with the animals. That was gonna be my life. I just knew it. When I would ask my dad for a chimp or orangutan, he'd say they stink too much. Like THAT was going to stop me! Now, years later, I have two little "monkeys" of my own who sometimes stink too much. But I still hold on to those posters and think that someday I'll blow off all the dust and finally get my chance.

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