Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dinner and a Show


Photo prompt courtesy of  BAR
     Annaliese and Nick raced with their parents trailing behind to the monkey exhibit.  The animal encounter was scheduled to start in exactly 2 minutes.  A crowd had already gathered to watch and the young family jockeyed for the best position.
 
     Meanwhile, two zoo keepers clothed in regulation khaki shorts and forest green polo shirts moved amongst the monkeys distributing corn cobs.

“Gus, mind your manners!  People are watching!”

“Aw, mom! People are always watching, and I am starving!” Gus scrambled to capture a few loose kernels that had fallen from his mother’s cob.

“Gus, don’t you DARE eat off the ground in front of company.  Wait for another cob.  The people will give you one.  Be patient!”

“5 second rule. No time for patience!  Every monkey for himself!” Gus squealed as he lunged.

     His mother chose to ignore his antics, preferring to enjoy her dinner instead.    After all, she knew you only fought the battles you could actually win.   Gus licked the ground, enjoying every last kernel oblivious. 

     The crowd watched transfixed.  The monkeys ate, then raced to their perches, swinging on the ropes, scaling the tree, and providing the entertainment the crowds had ultimately come to see.  Cameras snapped, cell phones raised in salute, to capture the moment for later, to share in Snap Chat, Face Book, or Twitter to the less fortunate souls who couldn’t be at the zoo today.


      Annaliese and Nick clapped delighted, while their parents encouraged them to move on to the next exhibit with the rest of the crowd.  More animals to see, more ground to cover, and only the beginning of their day at the zoo.



28 comments:

  1. That's a pretty nice story, Kathy. I liked the way how you described the whole scenario. :)

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    1. Vinitha, I am so pleased you liked it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  2. Yay! I love monkeys! Nicely done. :)

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    1. Laurel, me too! I am so pleased you liked it! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  3. Aww, you brought back memories and took me to the zoo. So sweet

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    1. Carol. I am so pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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    1. JoJo, I am so pleased you liked it! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  5. The monkeys were also fun to watch.

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    1. Pat, I love watching the monkeys too! My daughter has loved monkeys since she was 2 and we got her a stuffed monkey. She still has it and has always loved "Monkey" best. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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    1. Nabanita, I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  7. Fabulous story and take on the picture prompt Kathy: love it! :) <3

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    1. elly, I am so pleased you liked it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  8. Nice take on the prompt. I'm struggling with this one.

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    1. Suzy, it was kind of a hard one! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  9. that was so nicely done Kathy!! 2 stories in one - and said so beautifully!! :)

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    1. Pixie, I am so pleased you liked it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  10. I wish I was a child again and could visit the zoo with my parents :) Lovely story...

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    1. sulekkha, I don't think there is an age limit. You should go grab your folks and go to the zoo! It is fun no matter how old you or they are! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  11. Annaliese and Nick must have had a grand time at the zoo . Kathy you took me down memory lane and I remembered my school picnic to the zoo.

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    1. Kalpana, I have always loved visiting the zoo...with my folks, with friends, with my husband, with my kids...doesn't matter with who..I loved it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  12. Love how you wrote this story from the monkeys' point of view. Clever!

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    1. Martha, I am so pleased you enjoyed it. This was kind of a tough writing prompt. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  13. :-) -- Gus reminds me of my youngest.

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    1. Glen, lol! I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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  14. I like watching animals at the zoo. (Except the petting zoo area... I always get assaulted by goats, so got to where I refused to walk in there :) )

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    1. jannatwrites, I love going to the zoo! I always take my camera and get some amazing shots of all the animals. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! ♥

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