i have one big regret about today’s post – that i wasn’t camera ready as the action was happening… this incident only took a split second, but i’ll do my best, without pictures, to stretch it out into an eternity.
yesterday we went to an elephant park – maetang elephant park to be precise. we had a wonderful time. lots of family togetherness, absolutely no fighting remarkably little fighting and no whining. 5 hours with no whining. wow. we saw an elephant show – they dance, they hula hoop, they play soccer and basketball, they paint and they deliver flowers. then we rode an ox cart. c13 took the reins for a bit. well, really, i think those oxen could have gotten from point a to point b with blindfolds on, but he felt important. then we rode elephants. which is really alot more work than i thought it would be – i imagined it being far more relaxing. the elephants were amazing. not once did mine head for the jungle and try to knock me off at the first tree branch it could find. after elephant riding we had lunch and then it was time for a bamboo raft trip down a jungle river. on our way to the bamboo rafts we passed a small group of elephants – a mini herd. now, s8 has a problem with dogs, he just can’t not pet one. and in thailand you can’t just go around petting all the dogs – you’ll get rabies or something. we’ve been working hard on this – started working on it before we left co. since we’ve never really been around other animals that might be tempting to pet we didn’t know that it’s not just dogs. apparently, it’s elephants, too. so, being the highly attentive generally oblivious parent that i am i didn’t notice as s8 took an interest in the cute elephant standing not 4 feet away from where we were walking. and i also didn’t notice as he stretched out his hand and gently approached this cute, cuddly pachyderm. and i even missed this lovable creature making a mini-stampede at my child, head butting him and knocking him to the ground. the cloud of dust is what caught my attention. but all is good. s8 was warned – don’t know if it took, he’s difficult that way. and the elephant went about his business with a little help from his mahout.
this is an after shot. i’m pretty sure they’re sizing each other up, trying to see where this friendship will go. maybe a sleepover?
i’ve added our elephant park pics to flickr if you wanna see…