The Greater Vancouver Zoo has not only real animals, but also some lovely statues, such as the bear in yesterday’s video. There’s a giraffe that Cameron and I had our pictures taken at years ago, a horse decked out for riding, a pig, bison, I’m sure a number of others … and a moose. The kids had already posed on a few of them, but I was on my own with Kate for the moose.
She climbed up, and gave me a closed-mouth posed smile.
So, I did everything I could short of handstands to get her to really smile, but Kate was determined. This is how she looks for pictures. I nattered on about the absurdity of riding a moose. We made goofy faces at each other, and she still didn’t crack a smile. I rhymed moose with everything I could think of – loose, goose, caboose, froose – no, froose isn’t a word, but I was trying to get her to laugh. No go.
Finally, I suggested that she drape herself over the moose’s antlers and pretend to be taking a nap.
A real smile from a beautiful girl.
Riding a moose.