I went to my third company picnic of family-friendly fun. The company picnic is held at a farm, and though the event is tailored for small children, I have a blast!
My friend and I had a paddleboat race with two middle schoolers. We had a firm lead, but near the end we pretended to be tired. Then when the children approached the finish line and could taste victory, we cycled furiously to dash their hopes of winning. I believe no one learned a lesson from that, and life continued on as normal.
There’s a zip line, bounce houses, driving range, rock climbing. I shamelessly queued up with the five-year-olds to go on the inflatable slide, until I had an unlucky run that gave me a rug burn.
My favorite thing at the picnic is the animal petting zoo. There are goats, maras, bunnies. I rarely see non-humans in my day-to-day life, perhaps a garter snake in the yard or a robin. It is a reminder that the planet has such rich biodiversity, and I’ve seen the tiniest fraction of it.
Someone from the Reptile Zoo brought a van full of plastic bins. From each bin, he pulled out a reptile and told us interesting facts. For example, the snapping turtle has a bright pink tongue that it uses to lure its prey.
I enjoyed holding the juvenile alligator for the novelty of it. I thought the alligator would be dangerous to hold, but it was surprisingly mellow.
It was like holding a baby. An even-tempered baby that is as smooth as a handbag.
When I drive on Highway 2, I pass by the Reptile Zoo. Curiously, its neighbor is a BBQ joint, so we crack jokes about the kind of BBQ served there.