Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cold magic.

We bundled the kids up in their winter jackets and snow suits, and headed out in the moonlight.

"Where we going mama?" Matthew asked as I buckled him into his car seat.
"To the zoo sweetie! To see some special lights."

Never mind that it was minus ten degrees and already past their bedtime. This is Calgary. This is what we do here.

The zoo was flooded with coloured lights shaped like monkeys dangling from trees, lions, dinosaurs, pink flamingos. Strings of green and white wrapped around trees, twinkling magically. The colours bounced off the snowy ground, spreading shades of blue and yellow and pink everywhere.

We shuffled along with crowds of people shivering and red-nosed. On the lookout for hot chocolate, too cold to stop and queue.

I cuddled Oliver close, imagining what impression an exhibit like this might have had on me as a child.

Matthew darted ahead of us from one place to the next, captivated by the lights, pointing out each animal, examining the shapes and colours.

Then back in the car he sobbed. "Mama my hands! Cold!" Because he'd refused to wear his gloves the entire time. But all was miraculously forgotten when a lollipop was handed to him. Now that's magic.

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Canadian Bald Guy said...

Very cool for the zoo to do something like that. Looks like it was a fun time.

Midwest Mommy said...

We didn't do the zoo lights this year. I swear the time just flew by and the weekends filled up too quickly. Or maybe it was I kept waiting for it to warm up, lol

Jules said...

We went to see the lights at a zoo about an hour from here last week. It was too cold to walk the trails, we stayed in the car and drove through.

Lady Mama said...

CBG - it was very cool!

Midwest Mommy - We waited for a warmer night (-10 was a warmer night!).

Jules - nice that you could stay in your car and drive through.

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

Sounds fantastic! Love the pics! Wish we had something like that here.

Slamdunk said...

Ha, sounds like a great time; despite the cold. As a dad, I have also learned the magic of candy. I just make sure it is the same color and brand for each child.

Loukia said...

Very pretty and cute pics! Bravo for braving the cold... brrr! My kids hate wearing gloves, too. Well not so much my 4 year old anymore, but my almost 2 year old. He always takes them off!

James (SeattleDad) said...

Minus 10? Mrs. LIAYF makes Lukas wear gloves when it's 40F.

Happy New Year!

Heather said...

aww, it sounds lovely. i am very jealous.