Hello students, and hopefully by today, you will all have your Gmail accounts and be members of the blog. I'm hoping you will be reading this from the library.
Please use the blog to post one of your first two Composition Book entries. As you type from your notebook, please add and revise where needed. Also, feel free to introduce some things about yourself as you write on the blog, so that everyone is able to get to know you a little better through reading your writing.
I'm going to just write a few words about the Zoo yesterday. I had a wonderful time, and in thinking about it, what stands out to me is the importance of the Zoo for us, and for our children. We must keep teaching people to be aware that the world is not just for humans, and that animals are such an important aspect of our lives. They are part of our ecosystem, and even though we may not realize it, we all depend on each other. You cannot have unbalance in the ecosystem without a consequence.
It was so great to see the children get excited about seeing so closely the polar bears, leopards, and koala bears that they would never see without the zoo. The beauty of the animals is a powerful argument to make sure we maintain a habitat for them, and the mystery of the animals is powerful, too.
I grew up on a farm, feeding animals each morning at 5 a.m. for chores. We had chickens, sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, goats, and of course cats and dogs, too! My world was full of animals and they made my life more fulfilled.
As I grew older, I was the first in my family to have the chance for an education. I left the country life and went to the city. I have gained a lot, as now I have a chance to increase my knowledge and opportunities. Yet, I have also lost something, and that is my connection to nature and everyday life with animals. The Zoo reminded me not to forget about our partners in the world, and it made me understand possibly why it has been difficult and a little lonely since my dog Loki died in June. He was a really good friend and companion to me for 11 years.
Animals really can be a powerful part of our experience, and I am thankful for all the reminders that the Zoo offered me to that point. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Lucia, Wu Ling, Jean, Queena, Emily, Beth, Kelly, Kiera, James, Fang Ming, the polar bears, and Loki that I uploaded with this post.
P.S. I tried to embed a slideshow of the pictures I took at the Zoo, so we shall see if it works. . .