Perhaps "hate" is the wrong term. I am uncomfortable at zoos. And it's not just zoos. Aquariums, farms and county fairs are up there too.
It's not that I don't find animals to be fascinating creatures. Quite the opposite. I believe they are highly intelligent beings. Ever read Animal Farm? Yes, I think the animals are conspiring against us. I would too if I were kept captive in a cage. And of course I think the animals would revolt the moment I step foot into the zoo.
The hairs on my arm literally stand whenever I'm at the zoo. Even in the summer's sun, I get goosebumps. It's not pretty.
But Amara wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Of course I would give birth to a daughter who L-O-V-E-S animals. And we all know how much I love Amara. So it was difficult to say "no" when she asked to visit the zoo.
I knew immediately after arriving that I was thrown into the lion's den. I mean, this big guy could get loose, right?
I can justify being fearful of the king of the jungle. But jellyfish in an aquarium? Irrational? Sure. But what if the glass cracked and the jellyfish came out, ready to attack?
Oh and did I mention Amara attended a program where there were animals just roaming and flying around free? There was a vulture, a groundhog, and some other animals that I chose to
And why does the zoo have a petting zoo? Seriously? Letting Amara feed the goats just screamed "germs, germs!" to me.
Fortunately there are beautiful gardens at the Akron Zoo as well so I was able to persuade Amara to take a few minutes to indulge in the vibrant colors.
Oh did I mention that our little visit cost me an arm and a leg? The cost of admission + tickets to the performance of the special show + feeding the goats + high priced snacks + books from the gift shop = a very sad wallet.
But the expense was worth it. Amara was beaming. Her smile was priceless after our visit. But don't expect me to be at the zoo anytime soon. I've had my fill for the year.