Tuesday, October 2, 2012

40 Days of Birthday: Day Eleven

Nicholas went with Lennon to Kita today so I could stay home and get some research done. As it happens, I’m in the process of re-writing my dissertation proposal, having discovered through my first term of research that what I’m after needs refining. It feels like I’m starting at the beginning. On the other hand, writing—articulating—something, in this case a proposal, is easier than the rabbit holes I tend to wander down when doing academic research.

I missed my guys this morning but was actually very productive. After Lennon’s nap, I was ready to party. Naturally, we headed to the Berlin Zoo. The zoo grounds are beautiful: the landscaping and architecture seem to retain much of their original 19th century charm. We took note of all of the well-dressed families and their high-end strollers as we approached, then questioned it no further when it cost us €23 to enter.

The big-ticket elephants and rhinoceros are right up front, as you enter. Their size alone held Lennon’s attention. Some of the smaller animals were harder for him to distinguish from the small children crowding around to see them. He still is far more fascinated with people, it seems. He was rapt in the Monkey House—they were nearly his exact size and were performing many of the same things he likes to do. We noted the similarities in the throwing of food when finished with a meal.

Like so many people, I have mixed feelings about zoos: I question their ethics yet feel highly nostalgic toward them. While I let nostalgia take over today, there were some dark zoo moments, particularly in the Cat House.

Checking in, I’ll admit that the farther I move from my actual birthday the harder it becomes to wake with a sense of ‘special’ everyday. This confession does not signify defeat, however. Just past a quarter of the way through my Birth-Days, I need a little pick-me-up. I have no idea how this will happen, but I’ve made my request to the cosmos.

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