Not the Zoo I Remember


When I was 7 years old I went to the Bronx Zoo fe the first time. As a sheltered kid, I was enthralled by a zoo that seemed to be the size of Ecuador with as many animals as West Africa. It was the best experience of my life!

Two Saturdays ago I tried to duplicate this experience by revisiting the zoo, but everything seemed extremely underwhelming. For example, the animals seemed a lot littler, the zoo seemed smaller and I didn’t get to see “Ernest the Elephant”–an animal that probably never existed in the first place.

Although the experience was extremely fun, I’ve noticed a few disconnects between my 7 year old thoughts and my 23 year old reality. Due to the many inconsistencies, I’ve decided to leave the past in the past and to not revisit any childhood memories. My heart can’t take it anymore!