Thursday, April 7, 2016

To The Zoo?

When's the best time to go to the zoo?

Answer for a college student in the city: When rain is imminent, skies are gloomy, daffodils are blooming, and the pathways are empty.

Ok, I do actually love going to the zoo on happy sunny days when all the families are out and you get to watch kids exclaim with joy over monkeys and tigers. I also loved today.

When I was feeling under the weather and in need of some fresh air and a break from homework, I hopped on the bus and got off at the Lincoln Park zoo, just up the street. I strolled around and then walked back to campus with rain coming down just as neared my apartment again.

While I was at the zoo, I actually enjoyed the daffodils maybe even more that the animals themselves (since most of them were hiding indoors!). I did get to see some brave camels though. I wondered at the emptiness of the whole place, but also welcomed the unexpected quiet in the city.

Yes, it was a gloomy day, but I also got to see happy flowers, trees beginning to bud, and listen to the strange stillness of the park before a rainstorm. I grew up with a lot of rain, so today was comforting.

Don't worry, if you come to the city, I won't make you come along with me on a rainy day to go to the zoo. For a dreary day of classes and homework though, I welcomed this little escapade up north, and I can't wait to continue to watch the zoo blossom with spring. 


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