By all accounts, I should have been on my couch recovering from the primary yesterday. Instead, I was at the Dallas Zoo helping to chaperone the school’s second-grade trip. While slightly less stressful than last fall’s kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch, this outing presented a challenge, as we were apparently supposed to make the trip “educational.” This “education” consisted of having the kids sketch out some of the animals that they saw on the trip, along with a brief explanation of certain survival adaptations. My group was assigned nose and mouth adaptations, so we paused at the alligator, lion, elephant and penguin exhibits for excruciatingly long periods while the kids painstakingly made their sketches and wrote their sentences. Most of my time was spent trying to keep everyone from running out of the zoo and onto R.L. Thornton Freeway, so I didn’t get many pictures, but I did manage to snap a few of these guys:

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There were also some extremely friendly giraffes.

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The group had a good time. Here’s Patrick with his best coy smile.

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My next zoo trip will be on May 2, when I’ll brave the exhibits in sweltering hot temps with kindergarteners. God help me.

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