Grandma: Don't make such a mess with your sandwich.
G: You already have a little peanut butter on your sweater. The monkies at the zoo will smell it and come get you. Monkies like peanut butter.
B: The monkies will eat me?! Mom, I don't want to see the monkies today.
Mom: Benton, Grandma was just teasing you. The monkies aren't going to come get you.
B: OK. I think we should look at other animals besides monkies this day.
G: The monkies won't get you.
B: I know. I just don't wan to look at the monkies.
M: The monkies can't get out of their cages, Ben. The people at the zoo work very hard to keep the monkies in their cages so you will be safe.
B: OK. But we should clean my sweater before we get out of the car.
Mom: OK, that's enough Benton. The monkies will not get you. We are going to see every monkey in this zoo today so you will understand that they won't get you.
B: We just need to get the peanut butter off my sweater....
The conversation went on and on from there, pretty much in the same direction. Once we got to the zoo, things settled in and we saw every monkey in the place with out incident. Imagine my shock when I read this just a few days later: Woodland Park Zoo Shut Down Briefly by Loose Monkey-- The Woodland Park Zoo was evacuated and locked down this morning after a small monkey escaped from an enclosure, officials say, and ran off... (read the whole article here).
Are you kidding me? Please don't anyone ever tell Benton. He will never go into the zoo again if he hears about this!
Posted by Andee at 10:16 AM