So, my wife and I took my son to a petting zoo yesterday. This might sound like it was a celebration for him, but there are fewer things more entertaining than watching a cackling, wild-haired moppet try to find animals. Watching him shriek and laugh while throwing the food the moment the animal’s tongue hit his hand was hilarious. Though, I do feel very sorry for the small bird that had the misfortune of trying for the feed stick my son was holding. Explaining to a 3-year-old that you hold the food steady and not poke the tiny bird in the face is a test of patience. I give that bird credit for staying around a good 10 minutes before my son got bored.
Here’s where the comedy ensues though. Within the aviary are several pools of moving water with a one-brick high barrier and a two-foot long shoreline. In the history of this petting zoo, a child has never fallen into one of these pools. At least that’s what the cashier who might have been the manager said. Why did he say this? Take a guess whose son is the first to accomplish this task.
Not sure how the toddler did it. I was watching him too. He was laughing and dancing. He took a step back and fell. Twisted in mid-air to get his arms out and slid into the water. It was only his arms since I caught his ankle and my wife quickly grabbed a wrist. So, people that didn’t see the fall, saw us hoisting him awkwardly out of the water. He was passive and stated that he was all wet, but we didn’t have an extra shirt. Hence, why he now has a cold, which is strange since it was only his arms and it was warm out.
Another strange thing is a question that was asked of us. Did we get a picture of it? Is the norm for parents that they take a picture of their child in trouble before fishing them out of it? The camera dangling from my wrist wasn’t a blip on my radar when the thought ‘my son can’t swim’ crossed my mind. This pool was only 3 inches deep, but my mind went into ‘child in trouble’ mode. Not ‘take a picture’ mode. Still, I see pictures and videos all over the internet about this. Is this the way parenting works now?