Saturday, I visited the National Zoo with friends. We wanted to see our tax dollars at work. In part of the zoo called Amazonia, visitors are in a room with non-cages animals (monkeys birds, fish) in a natural looking habitat–they even had a chocolate tree.
One would think that given the multitudes of children who pass through that room, only gentle jungle wildlife would be in that room. Not so! As I headed for the exit a giant pink bird nearly flew into me. It was a close call; I did everything but scream. Thankfully, I and the little children nearby are alive and unharmed. 🙂
As we go about our normal lives we often accidentally eavesdrop on snippets of conversation that in isolation are often hilarious. That or scary. Washington, D.C. is no different, and in some ways worse.
Here are some things I’ve heard around Washington. The first two were from children at the National Zoo.
Hello Wolf . . . Hello Wolf . . . Hello Wolf . . . Hello Wolf. . . . The wolf continued to ignore her.
I just want to stop walking and hug someone.
It’s clever enough that we can get away with it.What you don’t know is that I was sent here specifically to foil your evil plot. I am closer to my goal than you know.
I broke my leg saving the life of the future Columbian president. Whoa! That’s an awesome story–why weren’t you on the news?
I just want a baby to decorate it.Um???
You don’t know how many nightmares I’ve had about this. If we play 20 Questions, I bet I can guess.
My first two weeks in D.C. have been one new experience after another. A mix of the incredible, the frightening, the awe-inspiring, the blissful. Here are some of the highlights, in order of occurrence.
Eating Chick-fil-a: D.C. is not such a heathen place after all! Whenever Heritage hosts an event around lunch time, they always provide food. Amazing gourmet food as well as Chick-fil-a. The food Heritage serves is just another example of their excellence.
Visiting the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art: In my last post I described my reactions to the Archives. The art gallery was beautiful. I wish I had as much artistic talent as those painters have in their thumbs–God has truly blessed them. I wanted to jump into some of the landscapes like Lucy and Edmund do in Voyage of the Dawn Treader.