When I traveled to Chicago last weekend, I was fortunate enough to celebrate my little bubba’s birthday with him on the exact day (June 22nd). As did my mom, my big sister, and my bro’s wife and older daughter, Allie.
We let the hot-shot Chicago lawyer choose where he wanted to go. He opted for the Lincoln Park Zoo. I was glad he did!
Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo brings back such wonderful childhood memories. Lincoln Park’s menagerie always has been free, so the four of us kids along with mom and dad spent plenty of days gawking at the animals way back when.
Sidebar: My dad used to call us “the animals” (as in “Eva, did you feed the animals?”). Made it easy to relate to our zoo brethren.
Of course, the zoo has changed since the 1950s and ’60s (as has my family). But it’s still a wonderful family venue.
Checking out the beasts and chatting away with each other made for such a pleasant Friday afternoon.
Getting together with my family always is a rewarding experience.
Especially for my mom, who enjoys being with her own lovable animals!