Fall is not a cheap time of year for most parents.
There’s school supplies to be purchased, clothing, shoes, pictures, field trips and Fall fundraisers among other things that can cut deep into your wallet. Now that I have a 6th, 4th and 2nd grader, most of these expenses are no surprise, but every once in awhile, I get a request that gives me pause.
“Can I have $10 to get my picture taken with a kangaroo?”
“Sure – wait…what?”
Turns out there was an animal preserve that came to give a presentation on animal conservation and preservation to the students. Although the presentation was free for the school, they did offer the chance to be photographed with some of their exotic animals if you gave a $10 donation. My 4th grader wanted a photo op with the bearded dragon, but my 2nd grader chose the kangaroo.
Because both of my kids love animals, and my daughter in particular wants to be a wildlife conservationist or a veterinarian when she grows up, I agreed to donate to the preserve in exchange for a 6×4 photo with the animal of their choosing.
I’m not sure what I expected, but this far surpasses anything I could have thought of:
My first thought was that I had hoped McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog wasn’t on campus the same day, and I wondered how this guy made it through customs.
After posting it on Facebook several people, noting his posture and his cool demeanor, said they thought he looked like, The Most Interesting Kangaroo in the World, “I don’t always get my picture taken with 2nd graders who love animals, but when I do, I lean in real close and make this face!”
I also enjoyed someone calling out that this Joey was like Joey Tribiani from Friends, “How you doin?!” and yet another who thought he’d been nibbling on “the devil’s lettuce!”
Really though, it just goes to show, I can’t even pay to have a kangaroo who isn’t blinking in a school photo.