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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oops... Forgot to Say That Part

Yesterday we saw lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Okay, maybe we only saw a couple of monkeys, one uncooperative panda and two smelly elephants, but we still felt our trek to the National Zoo was worth it yesterday. We enjoyed ourselves so much, in fact, we didn't arrive home until 5:36 PM. Which means we drove through rush hour traffic. In DC. Through some of the worst sections of town.

And no, I totally wasn't prepared to explain "working girls" to a five-year-old Tongginator. So I didn't. And now she thinks the rhinestone-bedecked women wearing tight leopard print pants and lace shirts are glamorous Princesses. And, ya know, who am I to argue with that?

As for the actual zoo educational portion of our day, we hit one major snag about three hours into the visit. The Tongginator and her little boyfriend saw the pandas, the monkeys, the zebras and the elephants. But then...

TONGGINATOR: Hey Momma, where are the dinosaurs? I want to see the dinosaurs.

LEGO BOY: There aren't any.

TONGGINATOR: Yes, there are. I saw them in my book.

TONGGU MOMMA: Well, honey... there WERE dinosaurs a long time ago, but they're extinct.

TONGGINATOR: What does egg-stinct mean?

LEGO BOY: It means they're all dead.

TONGGINATOR: They're... they're... DEAD?!?!!?!!!! THE DINOSAURS ARE DEAD?!!!?!?!!?!

Hysterical sobbing ensued. For about five minutes. So now I'm wondering if she'll react the same way when she learns I conveniently omitted a few details about the glamorous Princesses walking up and down New York Avenue.

What do y'all think?

28 comments:

happygeek said...

Ugh. Rush hour.
You know, Miss T is probably the only person who has ever seen those women as princesses. Maybe if someone saw them as special earlier in their lives they wouldn't be in downtown DC today.

On another note, our zoo has dinosaurs. Seriously. A very large prehistoric park. Which makes trying to explain to my kids that they are actually just statues a bit tricky. So, I feel your pain.

Aunt LoLo said...

Drat - Happygeek always beats me to the first comment! LOL

Oh, mama...how COULD you?! The dinosaurs are all DEAD?! Next thing you're going to tell her is George Washington is dead, too??

Chelsea Gour said...

Now you can take her to the Museum of Natural History next week to see the bones! We took my step daughter and niece there when they were 5 and 3. My neice was very upset that all the dinosaurs were just bones!

alece said...

i love seeing how deeply she feels. she's gonna rock the compassion as she grows up...

Jboo said...

Sounds like a fun trip -- except for learning about dinosaurs, of course. What a sweet, compassionate girl! :)

Janet

Kristy said...

I was wondering how the day went. Usually when you really dont want to do something it turns out being great!!! I love the pic!!

Love, Kristy

Wanda said...

Nah....those 'details' won't compute - at least not for a few years (I hope).

Sounds like a great day was had by all.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Hahahaha... I think you had best keep the glamorous princess true working details and identity a secret for now :) One day, she will learn about the lady of the night... hahaha

The Source said...

Was she upset because she can't see the dinosaurs or because she wanted to ride one? She's so much like my girl, I figured she might have wanted to pet a T-Rex. :) I'm glad y'all had a good time otherwise. Even getting to see street princesses?? That makes the trip worthwhile in itself.

And I love the creative ways you keep part of her little face covered.

Sarah said...

Oh DC!
Stay away from DuPont Circle would you?

Janet said...

That is hilarious. Dinosaur grieving and hookers all in the same day. What a memory! LOL!

Sherri said...

I took my son to a pet store when he was about The Tongginator's age. He was amazed that they had "baby dinothaurths" and didn't want to leave the store.

jen@odbt said...

What a great day for the zoo. We're due for a visit. There's nothing wrong with all the innocence. I wish my days were filled with rainbows, unicorns and princesses.

Dawn said...

Glad it was a fun day even with the grieving for the dinos! We passed similar "ladies" in Chicago once (on the way home from the Museum of Science and Industry) and Kat said, "OOooo... I want pretty shoes like *she's* wearing!" Picture the stereotypical and you've got it. Nice.

Blessings!

Kim said...

hmmm... now i am thinking i might want to explain the extinction thing to Meechi before we hit the zoo!

oh, and i think she will be very glad you left out a few details on the glamour princesses!

Sharie said...

I had the opposite problem - Amelia was terrified of dinosaurs until I convinced her they were all dead:)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Awww poor Tongginator!! I think you might be able to buy yourself a few more years before you have to tell her what those leapard clad princesses are all about:)

DC during rush hour..UGHHHH....glad you made it home safe and sound!!

Lisa

Ivy said...

What a cute story! Yeah how are you going to explain the NY "Princesses" to the Tongginator? She's so adorable and inquisitive...cracks me up when i come on over here to read her adventures! what a sweetie.

BTW, I've been in DC rush hour and it makes LA look mild.

Doug and Terrye said...

Well they've always said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I guess she just has eyes that see beauty everywhere :)
Terrye in FL

Myrnie said...

Heehee...that's just cute! Good luck with the princesses, though... I don't envy you there.

CC said...

Bwhahahaha! She really cried for 5 min!!? :)

RamblingMother said...

Lets hope she doesn't figure out the Princesses for a while or even come in contact with them in an everyday situation.

RamblingMother said...

Next time take her to the lizards and explain that dinosaur means "terrible lizard" which it does and that the lizards of today can't grow to be as large as the dinosaurs of yesteryear due to climate changes after the flood.

Patty O. said...

That's too funny. Last year when we were on the way to the zoo, I asked the kids which animals they wanted to see and Danny said, "The dinosaurs." Luckily, he was easily distracted.

Lisa (Briana's Mom) said...

What???? Dinosaurs are dead??? :)

Poor Tongginator...

Recovering Sociopath said...

Ugh- New York avenue during rush hour. *shudder*

We took the boys to the National Zoo a couple of weeks ago, and made the mistake of driving in-- the traffic wasn't too bad, and we were coming in from Virginia, so did not have to hit NY Avenue, but parking was a nightmare. Note to self: next time park at a Metro station and just take the train in.

Colin wanted to see dinosaurs, too. So funny.

prechrswife said...

This post almost made me spit on my monitor--too funny! Glad you had a good trip to the zoo. :-)

mommy24treasures said...

oh thats funny, Chloe reacted the same way when she learned George Washington and Abe Lincoln are no longer with us;)