I have been realizing more and more that life is more like a zoo than a calm flowing of one event to another. It may be because I’m pregnant, it may be because it’s spring time and I’m a farmer, and it may be because I tend to lean towards the “always busy” side of life. But no matter what the more life I get under my belt the more I realize that life does fly by and usually it’s true that it happens whether you’re having fun or not!
Although I have to say that right now at this point of my life, it’s all good stuff, so for me I can’t complain. I have these lurking sort of panther moments where I just know I’m forgetting something, all while praying it comes to be before it’s too late, before the stalking ends and I’m the fresh kill for the day.
Then there are monkey moments when you get to be goofy, when you get to laugh, even if it’s just to keep yourself from losing it! And the all too familiar elephant in the room (no not my belly thank you haha!) but the weather that seems to always want to change it’s mind and therefore change your plans on a moment to moment basis, especially in the spring time.
Then there the giraffe moments, when you can look around from a higher perspective and know that everything is just going to be ok. If you just be calm and realize that even when you’re fighting horns to horns, if it isn’t alright, then clearly it isn’t the end.
So today as I get my blog out hours later than planned, because I’ve already met with a painter, picked up chemicals, checked on a crew, looked at a few fields, tracked down a cell phone, and helped load a buggy; I can’t help but take a deep breath and remind myself that once again this is all good stuff. I think I”ll probably need a lot of reminding of that when our lives take a drastic turn here in a month with a new infant. The common question of “what are you going to do?” keeps running through my mind. So far the fake smile and “well we’ll just have to see” have been working, but the impending lion of reality is catching right up with every onsie I wash and soft blanket I fold into the crib.
I doubt this great zoo of my life will ever get any less crazy, probably just new animals to drive me nuts or make me laugh along the way.
Sidenote: This post was inspired by a campaign from Dropcam to tell the stories about zoos in your life, might be a real zoo, might be an emotional zoo, or even just a wild experience! If you’re interested in adding your story e-mail Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
**All photos are from a safari in Kenya in 2012.