which little girl had the most fun at the zoo?


Yesterday was hot – not Phoenix, Arizona hot – but a typical summer day in Columbia, South Carolina that was hot with high humidity. What better time for Pretty and me to take our 22-month-old granddaughter to the zoo, right? The zoo?

No, not the animal viewing side of the zoo. We’ll save that for the fall and cooler temps. Pretty had heard about the Waterfall Junction in the Botanical Gardens, however, and that was our plan for this babysitting day.

everyone came to play

Ella (in pink bathing suit) and Pretty stare at boys

Pretty asks is this the most fun ever?

Naynay, come – come get in the water with us!

Ok, then. I’ll hang with Nanna.

Wheeee – this is the most fun!

I wonder if these boys would like to play with me?

Who cares about them – I have my Nanna

Wow – look at this big rock

It’s the biggest rock I’ve ever seen up close

Catch me if you can, Nanna

I’m hiding from Nanna behind the water

Sorry, Naynay – I have to play without you today

I love the water!

This yellow thing is as big as I am

I don’t care – I’m strong

Naynay, do you have my water bottle?

Have I seen everything yet?

I hope so – I’m a little tired

I’m not THAT tired

Nanna, wait for me! Is that an Olympics balance beam?

I have to say I’m hard pressed to choose which little girl had the most fun today. Pretty releases her inner child with our granddaughter who has fun wherever we go, and I have fun watching them even when I forgot to wear a hat. Seats in the shade were at a premium; I had to play the old person card to get one.

Our thanks to our friends Saskia and her son Finn who gave us a family pass to the Riverbanks Zoo for our birthdays this spring. This was our first time to use it, but I promise it won’t be the last.

Stay safe, stay sane, get vaccinated and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Nana to her granddaughter Ella James born 10-01-2019. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to which little girl had the most fun at the zoo?

  1. It certainly looks like they were egging each other on!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wayside Artist says:

    I’m glad you found a fun way to beat the awful, sticky heat. I’m ready for all things autumn.

    Liked by 1 person

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