The Zoo

We finally made it to the zoo today... and it was wonderful. Mollie had a terrific time, and Lucy was, well, cooperative.

We started out at the botanical gardens and eventually made our way to the zoo. Mollie loves the gardens, especially the compost demonstration area. We walked all over the zoo and Mollie never once complained about walking! She jumped on the stroller for a break a few times, but I would guess she walked well over 2 miles!

The grizzly bears put on quite a show for us!

Other highlights were riding the merry-go-round, pretending to put on a performance in the big amphitheatre, rolling down the grassy hill, seeing baby swans, climbing on boulders, and playing in the children's garden.

A little boy kept calling Mollie a boy (because of her short hair) and she got upset and ran to me for help. I said she could ignore him or tell him why she has short hair or we could leave. So she walked back over and proceeded to tell him, " I have to take chemotherapy. That's strong medicine and it made my hair fall out! How would YOU feel if YOU had LEUKEMIA? Would you like me to explain? There was a girl in my class who called me a boy but the child life specialist came to my school and explained about strong medicine and now she understands. Do YOU understand?" He said yes, and that was the end of the "boy" calling! She was so proud of herself! And, man, was I proud of HER!

I wish Matt had been with us because it was such a perfect day, but he had to work (and go to the Masters, poor guy!).


  1. Mollie is amazing! I can't believe how well she stood up to and explained things to her 'tormentor.' Three cheers for her. ...and for her mama who has clearly helped to grow so beautifully1 I am just catching up with you after a month away in Southeast Asia--another world altogether! Happy Easter to all of you!

  2. awesome, mollie! and what cute photos! what cute girls!

  3. I love you Mollie. You are so strong and brave...

    Grandpa TC the Grouch

  4. Wow! Mollie good job. Did you know that Izzy has short hair now? She asked for it to be cut short. I think your hair looks really cute. Happy Easter!

  5. Mollie's explanation to the boy is awesome, and you are awesome for giving her that option!

  6. Wow, that's a great lesson! She feels better about speaking up rather than shying away, and the kid understands and maybe won't tease someone next time. All from a five year old. Nice work from her mom to give the options, too!

  7. 'Tis good to see a strong woman in the growing. Way to go Mollie!

    Hoppy Easter,

    Julie, Alyson, Bradyn & John


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