Friday, April 15, 2011

Liquid Eyes and Long Lashes

Lilly and Jackson, precious grandchildren, live a thousand miles from us. What a privilege to spend a day just talking and walking and delighting in their presence.

At the zoo, we were enchanted by the giraffes.

Their sweet faces are so appealing with their “liquid eyes and long lashes.”
I love the way they move—so smoothly and graciously.

We fed the giraffes lettuce and crackers.

Of course, we laughed when we saw their loooong tongues.

Lilly wanted to make sure that a baby giraffe received some food but was a bit tentative with mama standing above.

These pictures are deceiving as we really did not get to touch the elephants but we did enjoy watching them.

O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24

I chuckled that the children's second favorite after the giraffes was climbing on the benches.

I love their playful natures.

Of course, eating ice cream ranked pretty high,

As well as the carousel ride.

Later, of course, a swim in the motel pool was in order.

Each chose a small gift to remember our day. Lilly chose a shark’s tooth necklace and Jackson a small stuffed animal—a monkey—named Yi Min. The Chinese translation of Yi Min means “happy and smart.” Jackson said, “That’s a good choice for me because I am happy and smart.”

Yes! And oh that we could all be like a child. As we left, both children, with “liquid eyes and long lashes”, were sad that our trip was so short—as was I! How I love them!

It was a very short visit—but long on memories.

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6


Rebecca said...

So glad you had/made the time. Every minute counts, right?

Donna's Book Nook said...

How blessed you were to be able to spend at least that short time with those precious kids. I couldn't figure out if the "long lashes and liquid eyes" belonged to the kids, the giraffes or both!

Brenda said...

Hi Donna,
I kind of like a title that even I cannot quite figure out. :) Perhaps a better title would be "Short Visit, Long Memories."

The giraffes do have sweet, appealing faces and even more so--the children have sweet, appealing faces.

Diana said...

1000 miles, that visit must have been so precious to you Brenda. I agree, I think Giraffes have the most beautiful faces, cows too!
I love how Lilly and Jackson had so much fun feeding the giraffes yet were still a bit cautious! Good instincts. I can imagine how blessed you felt to have that visit. They are beautiful children. Love Di ♥

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

Oh my it's been a while since I've been visiting. (there are just too many wonderful blogs to stay in touch more often -- that's my reason and I'm sticking to it -- LOL)

Yes, and I like YOUR name too!!

Wishing you well in the tote bag draw tomorrow!

Here's wishing you glimpses of heaven in those unexpected places. Which I can tell from your photos at the zoo, you know exactly how to do that!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

Hi Brenda... It's Friday... and GUESS who won!!

Yes... you're the recipient of the pretty tote bag made especially for this giveaway by my sister.


Please e-mail me (link in my profile) with your mailing address... and we'll pop that in the mail to you early next week!

Thanks for joining the fun!

Best............ (Brenda)