Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where Are My Kids?

I recently made the mistake of taking Ethan and James the Denver Zoo’s popular Tropical Discovery building, which similates an indoor rainforest full of pythons, crocodiles and a Komodo dragon. This is a terrifying place, but not because of its reptilian inhabitants. Between the crush of people and the dark, winding pathways around the exhibits, I almost lost Ethan and James.
It didn’t help that Ethan wanted to study every animal he saw, while James got bored and tried to run ahead.
I soon had to find strategic locations to stand where I could whip my head from one child to another. But this surveillance tactic wore me out, and I finally convinced them to leave the building before we finished the exhibit.
Once outside, my heart rate settled to a normal pace as we walked over to see the hippos munching on some hay.

Yeah, this is more my speed.

8 comments:

jabblog said...

It's terrifying when you lose sight of your children - or grandchildren! I used to feel like putting my children on extending leads . . .

Kathleen said...

i refuse to go in that place becasue of the chaos and the snakes. it's scary on both levels

pixiemama said...

I had the same experience when I took all three boys to Reptiland a few weekends ago. I sounded like "one of those moms." You know what I mean. It was.not.fun.for.me.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

That's the worst when they split up.

a corgi said...

looks like a nice place to visit; but I agree with you; its hard to keep an eye on kids in places like this especially if it is really crowded and you have 2 kids with separate likes. It was always a challenge with my 2 kids; my daughter though was very content to stay put some place sometimes looking at something for a long time. That made it a bit easier, but still a challenge if my son wanted to see something on the opposite side from where I could see her.

betty

the mama bird diaries said...

I hate those stressed out moments of trying to watch my kids in a crowded place.

Cookie said...

That is scary to lose sight of the kids. My husband doesn't get it when I panic the first second I lose track of them. Must be a mom thing.

Stimey said...

I hate places like that. Yay for mellow hippos.