This weekend I took my wonderful grandson to the Phoenix Zoo.  He has been there before but it has been many, many, many years since I have visited.

The vision for our zoo began in the early l960's and has grown to be one of the largest zoo's in the country.

It was a warm weekend here as we walked the zoo's grounds and stopped at all the various exhibits.  
Seeing all the animals in their habitats was certainly wonderful...ours is a somewhat interactive zoo...which allows various animals to be fed and touched.  But the most memorable event that I remember from our little outing was this....

No...not the peacock...but the willingness of complete strangers to help you see hidden animals when needed and just jumping in with information when you had questions.  

The zoo was packed over the weekend with hundreds and hundreds of visitors...yet we all had this commonality~~ no matter how different we each were~~ all of us were enjoying God's wonders and just helping each other with the experience.

I so wish life all over the planet could be just like this.....don't you?


  1. Jo that must of been a great day. I love going to the zoo and visiting with the animals. I bet your grandson had a wonderful day too.


  2. Sounds like a wonderful time. The peacock is magnificent. Beautiful bird. It's really ashamed that the people of the world cannot see how alike they really are. Way back in time, we all had a common ancestor. Everyone tends to forget that.

  3. Yes, people cooperating is a powerful thing.

  4. I love that you had such a wonderful time with your grandson. It's amazing how warm strangers can be when sharing a wonderful experience like that. xo
    Diana ps..if you get the chance I have a giveaway going on (yesterday's blog)...You will BLOVE it!

  5. Great photos and yes, wouldn't it be wonderful if every day was like that?

  6. When we went to the zoo last year we hit the day that they brought in probably 100 school buses. I'm not sure which was more interesting to see - the children or the animals.

  7. It sounds like you had an enjoyable experience. It's always lovely when perfect strangers offer their hand/thoughts. It helps break down those walls when sharing a common interest. I've had quite a few interesting conversations over the years by striking up a conversation with total strangers.

    The pics are lovely!

  8. Hi Jo, sounds like you had a wonderful day with your grandson. I know what you mean about that spirit of community without judgement. It does feel good. I try to bring that sense with me to as many places that I can, but so many people are just not connected - I don't think they have any idea that they have separated themselves from people who want to make a connection on some simple level. And I am guilty of it myself so often. It takes constant viligence on my part to be the person I want to be. Have a wonderful day, we might get some winter weather here in NW NJ tomorrow! Yea! xxoo

  9. Josette,

    I sure do. The world would be a much better place to live in, love in, and laugh in.
    A trip to the zoo sounds lovely. I think I'll put that on my to-do list. :D

  10. Yes, I do...such a beautiful post!
    I'm a new follower...♥

  11. I also enjoy the zoo. I live very close to a wonderful one. Your peacock photo made me think of my mother. We lived on a farm and she raised peacocks. They were so lovely to look at .... At night they roosted high up in the ceder trees and they made a loud noise all night long!

  12. I always find something very childLIKE in a zoo...the experience, the curiosity within myself looking at these amazing animals.
    The popcorn.

    I am sure it must have been a Great day.

  13. I have a tendency to jump into conversations of strangers, sometimes it is welcome but not all times. What can one kind word hurt? I smile at strangers, flash the peace sign frequently and sometimes just start talking.Life is too short!

  14. Wise thoughts again....if only. Doing a little blog reading for a few minutes. Email coming soon. I've missed you.

  15. I wish it were that way too...there is just too much focus on trying to control how people live their lives instead of embracing and celebrating the wonderful diversity...


  16. I love it when strangers interact in such a friendly manner.

    I went to the Phoenix zoo with the grandkids a couple years ago - such fun - especially when they got to ride the camels. A great place to spend a day.


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