The Giraffe

Today was a good day, a memorable one. Like most Saturdays, it started at the market, where we bought some 32 quarts of strawberries… But that’s another post.

From there, to the soccer fields, where the Purple Pandas (Aspen’s team) managed a 1-1 draw against a team that had beaten them 7-1 weeks ago. Yes, the Pandas ended the season on a hot streak.

Next up? Oakley’s team ran into a wall… perhaps the most physical team I’ve seen in U7 soccer. Some of the girls did physical right, clean, others, well, not so much. But Oakley’s team, the Smashing Dolphins played it just right. They didn’t back down from anyone, they went after them, and they dealt with the checking in just the right way… They put the ball in the back of the net 5 times…

From there, we all caravanned to the Martin house for a soccer celebration… I’ve had a great season with two fun teams of girls… some of whom we’re getting to know really well. I’m thankful for that… even in a season where the Panda’s won but one game, the group of girls is growing closer, and that’s pretty awesome to see.

Lastly, we headed to the Nashville Zoo. You see, Aspen’s class was celebrating the end of their school year by gathering at the zoo. One of Aspen’s classmates, and one of her best friends, Benjamin, has connections at the zoo. So, we got to hang out after hours, enjoy the carosel, and something else.

You see, Benjamin and the girls were having so much fun we just hung out for a while… And then Benjamin’s parents asked if we wanted to feed the giraffes.

Yes. We. Do.

So we got to hop in their car and go into the unseen world of the zoo. It totally felt like were in the movie Jurassic Park, just without all of the terrifying bits. We got to go into the giraffes’ room, turn on the lights, and meet Congo, and incredibly friendly giraffe.

How unbelievably cool is that!? I kid you not, I had to hold on to the handrail to avoid being knocked down the stairs… Thank you so much to Benjamin’s family. It was incredibly cool to get to visit with Congo.

Now, the next question… Do you think Jenn is jealous of my relationship with Congo?

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