Tammy turned 16 today. To celebrate we had no school except Bible and then we went to the zoo. The weather was great: slightly overcast, but not too hot or humid. We did not get to see all the animals as they were working in the bear’s and the tiger’s enclosures. But we did get a good look at the lions! The Pretoria zoo is one of the best in the world. It is quite big and we walked A LOT! I wish I had taken more photos. (Tammy took one of nearly every animal, but of course I do not have her camera with me, so I can’t blog her pics.) She did not flinch when we looked at the snakes in the reptile park, but said a firm “No thank you” when I suggested the critters. I guess no one needs to look at spiders and scorpions on one’s birthday!
To go to the zoo, was Tammy’s choice for an outing. At first I thought whom we could invite to go along (her mom works full time again), but in the end I decided it would be best if we went on our own. I’m glad we did, because in this way Tammy was really relaxed and we talked a lot. When she is in a group, she is inclined to withdraw and not to participate in conversations. I told the lady at the entrance that it was Tammy’s birthday, but when she asked Tammy how old she was, I almost had to prod her to answer. Old habits do not die easily and I think she is just used not to answer immediately, unless I prompt her with an “immediately”!
After the zoo we went to jewellers to have her ears pierced. I asked her a while ago what jewellery she was going to wear for her big party ( a Hollywood dress up party this Saturday). She wasn’t certain, but that’s when I noticed that her ears were not pierced. I asked her whether she would like to have her ears pierced and she was very enthusiastic! So after ensuring me again and again, that she was certain she wanted pierced ears, we went into the jewellers. She was shown the different studs and again she was quite certain which ones she wanted: she immediately chose gold ones with shiny red centres.
Next we went to Clicks to buy surgical spirits for her newly pierced ears and then we had a cold drink before heading to the beauty parlour. What a fun day! Happy birthday Tammy – only two more nights before your big night. I can’t wait to see you in your evening gown!
Here are some pictures of our day:
(PS. Look closely at the last two pictures: can you spot the difference?)