The Zoo: Field Notes by the Balducci boys

Yesterday we went to the zoo. It was hot. We had fun. We saw a giraffe up-close. That was pretty neat. Our favorite animals were the penguins and the stingray. The stingray was cool.

Our mom made us pose for a ton of pictures. We wonder if she worries that one day we might not want to get our picture taken. So she’s overcompensating and taking a ton of pictures now. But it’s fine, because that gives us a chance to show her our ninja moves. And also try to pound the boy next to us.

On the ride home we were very wild. We invented this awesome game where Elliott tried to knock a Gatorade cap off Charlie’s head using a rubberband. He pretended he was William Tell. It was so fun. And even though Mom kept telling us someone would get whacked in the eye with the rubberband — it never happened! That made the game even more fun!

It made our mother crazy. We think maybe she wanted to pull over. But there was nowhere to stop, so we kept having fun. And she finally realized that: we were having fun. We weren’t fighting. But sometimes our shrieks of laughter scare her. She thinks we’re hurt or something.

It only takes an hour to get home from the zoo, so we had a lot of time to play the William Tell game and also another game where we tried to whack each other’s hand with a part of the seat, and then, if you didn’t get hit, we all laughted and yelled. But about ten minutes before we got home we got tired and sat back. We listened to some music from the 1940s and it was very relaxing.

Then we got home and Mom flopped down on the couch. She didn’t move for 20 whole minutes.

That was fun. We love our Mom. And she loves us. The end.


  1. Dorian Speed says:

    What zoo do y’all go to?

    We went to the Greenville zoo a couple of weeks ago. It’s lovely – lots of shade trees and a manageable size for a morning visit with a crazed toddler. The big hit was, of course, the elephant…shaped water bottles.

    Our zoo here has local wildlife who were rescued after various injuries, for the most part. It’s fun to see local celebrities, but not quite as exciting as giraffes and lions.

  2. Rachel Swenson Balducci says:

    Did you already move?

    We went to the Columbia Zoo. I like it just fine. And yesterday, we practically had the whole thing to ourselves.

  3. Tallahassee Lassie says:

    oh I can TOTALLY relate!

    I have 2 boys…cannot imagine having 2 more.
    You go Rachel!

  4. Ruth Anne Adams says:

    Regarding the William Tell moment: Did you turn on the William Tell Overture and break out the greatest mom line, “It’s always fun until someone loses an eye”?

  5. The HORROR! It has just occurred to me looking at your pictures that while I also have four, its not the same because some of mine are too young/dependent to be very mobile. But, they’ll grow. Then I’ll be … in trouble. I’m shocked and amazed you were flopped on the couch for only 20 minutes 🙂

  6. I am shocked and amazed that they LET you flop on the couch for 20 WHOLE MINUTES!!!! (I have 6 – but only 2 are boys)