Wild Expectations

Don’t get me wrong, despite this week’s Dustinland comic, I really did have fun at the zoo with my toddler. It was just a different sort of fun. I mean, I get it. He doesn’t understand why a tiger is a big deal. And without that knowledge, when you see one from a relative distance and it’s just sitting there in the grass doing nothing, it’s not that exciting. And if you think about it, most of the zoo animals are just sitting there. Or sleeping there. Bears, hippos, giraffes. Most of the time, they graze at best. Maybe the seals make some noise, maybe the monkeys even chase each other. But really, when you’re two and you read books and watch TV shows where the animals sing and drive trains and solve mysteries, real life zoo animals are not that special.

Maybe that’s what the comic should have been about.

2 responses to “Wild Expectations

  1. Hey, at least you didn’t grab someone who works at the zoo and demand that he or she make the animals “do something.”

    (Think that’s a joke? A friend of mine who worked for years as a docent–that’s the fancy term they have for “volunteer”–at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago says that was a regular request. It got to the point where she had to fight to keep herself from making suggestions like, “Why don’t you throw your son inside?”)

    • Wow. Not surprised. I see threads on Reddit like this all the time for various industries. “What’s the dumbest/worst thing someone has said to you as a…” waiter, Walmart employee etc… Funny or sad? Hard to say. Probably mostly sad.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s