Sometimes my children just leave me amused and puzzled all at the same time.
And this was illustrated beautifully when we went to Marwell Zoo and my little ones were talking about which animals they were looking forward to seeing.
For my daughter it was the tigers, without hesitation.
For my son it was... the ants!
Really, little man? You want to go to the zoo to see something you can find in the garden?
But yes, he genuinely did and, after a pitstop at the penguins, we headed straight to the tropical world part of Marwell where the ants are housed.
I have to admit it, the ants were really interesting – which I guess means I’m a puzzle just like my son.
There were a series of clear tunnels you could watch the ants travel though as the ‘cutters’ go and get the leaves and take it back to the colony.
Then you could watch the other ants hard at work in the rest of the colony and the whole thing became very mesmerising!
I’m actually really proud of the fact my son knows his own mind and interests and does not necessarily follow the crowds with what interests him.
And I get the feeling that as my daughter gets older, she will be the same. That girl knows her own mind in a way that only little girls do.
And it was great for the three of us to have a fantastic day together during the school summer holidays in what was the first of what is bound to be many days out this month.
We stayed right until closing time which means we enjoyed those last few hours when the crowds had gone home, the animals had come out to eat and exercise and we were able to actually see everything.
Of course the animals which amused them both the most were the meerkats whose popularity can only be attributed to certain adverts.
But all my little man wanted to talk about all the way home were just how amazing the ants were.
I think I have a little insect enthusiast on my hands.
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