I have tried to balance the influence of teenage sisters on Zeke's growing up with having a childhood that a preschool teacher would recognize. A free zoo? Perfect.
We spent an hour there with me, dutifully reciting the proper names of the animals to a very wary Zeke. Maybe it's not so great being at the same level as the snow leopard who looks like he already knows what you would taste like if he could just get through the glass.
When we were done I asked Zeke what his favorite animal was. "The elephant," he said confidently.
"And what else?" I said, getting annoyingly similar to a Children's Zoo Expert Volunteer.
"The waterfall," he said.
And by the way, there were no elephants.