We spent Friday (May, 21st) at the Cologne Zoo. My sister and I had planned to take the kids to the Zoo if the weather allowed and we were able to kill two birds with one stone by also making this day a very special day for my great-aunt.
Although she’s relatively healthy, being 88 years old and still able to care for herself in her own home, she is very limited when it comes to getting out and about. She can’t walk very far and therefore is pretty much home-bound.
Unless, you can convince her to swallow her pride and not let it get in the way of having a wonderful day with her family at the Zoo, by using one of the wheel chairs — provided by the Zoo at no cost!
And now, please!
Would you just take a look at that face? I just luuurve Greta’s intense facial expression in this picture.
We had just entered the Zoo and at the sight of the first animals, she excitedly pushed herself up in her stroller, as high as being buckled in allowed her, and intensely starred at the animals. She was completely fascinated. Greta had been to the Zoo before, but this time – at 17 month old – was the first time she really noticed and acknowledged the animals, I believe.
We had an absolutely wonderful day. We had a picnic,
we spent time at the playground,
and Greta was especially excited about the elephants, shouting “Benni, Benni” over and over (referring to “Benjamin Blümchen“, a speaking elephant from a German children’s audio-book and animated TV series).
Tom unfortunately is not old enough to enjoy the Zoo as much as Greta did, but he seemed pretty content in the stroller, soaking up the sun and enjoying to be pushed around.
This day really stood out for me from my vacation – not just because it was a beautiful, sunny and fun day, but because I realized and was strangely aware that day, exactly how precious and rare those moments are, when four generations of your family can spend an unforgettable and carefree day together.
This photo pretty much sums up just exactly how much fun we had together.
More photos, as always, here.