These are letters to Jack, my son, and my daughter, Audrey. You have given me the gift of motherhood. This is just a little gift back. I want to share my experiences with you of your childhood from my perspective of watching you grow - of being your Mom.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Vacation – Day 6



Today we packed up and went back to visit Sea World. We visited the stingrays, but they splashed you when the flipped to the top of the water, so you weren’t too thrilled with them. From there, we visited the sea turtles, which you did enjoy. You watched them swimming in the water for quite some time. When we visited the Manatees, I don’t think you were even aware that we were looking at animals. Every last one of them had their butts facing the tank end where the people were viewing, so it looked like we were watching a bunch of big bulbous floating logs. You couldn’t figure out why we didn’t move past and kept pulling on my arm till we gave up and moved onto the next thing.

When we visited the dolphins, the dolphins seemed to like you. You didn’t have any fish, but they would come over to see you anyway. You didn’t want to touch the adults. They were too big, but I was able to point out their eyes and teeth and you leaned forward a little for a better look at these strange creatures with features that you knew but didn’t recognize on them.

The babies were more entertaining for you. They had boundless energy and would leap out of the water which you found amusing and laughed at, causing some of the visitors next to us to avert their attention from the baby dolphins to you, saying “aaaaaawwww! He is so CUTE! Do you like the dolphins, huh?”

You were none too pleased to be the focus of attention and determinedly looked back at the dolphins till the nice people, seeing that they weren’t going to be able to get you to repeat your giggling, went on to the next thing and you were free to enjoy yourself again without fear of compliment.

We visited Shamu which I believe you liked because the huge whale just kept swimming in large repetitive circles and, being white and black, you simply couldn’t miss him in the tank.

We ended up in the kids corner, where we rode the rides, played in a sandbox and closed the day with a few games at the nearby arcade.
Daddy and you went on rides together which you both seemed to enjoy - Daddy in particular!

Then we went out to eat at Red Lobster. As it turns out, you were finished with your meal by the time we finished our salads and you were exhausted from the long and exciting day. I ended up walking around through the meal with you crying and wanting to be up and down and inside and outside – completely tired and not sure why you felt so exhausted.

You fell asleep by the time we left to come home and we put you right to bed. It was a wonderful day and I had SO much FUN! J



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