Ally and Anya went to a birthday party at the zoo last weekend. It was for a 5 year old who lives in our neighborhood, and whose sister is in Ally's class. Rob took them while I was busy cooking (ha) for our party and relayed this story to me.
The kids played a game where one person stood in front of the rest while wearing a mask. The other kids had to give the mask wearer clues so she could guess what mask she was wearing. Ally' watches far too many nature shows for this game. The first time she rasied her hand, she had this nugget to share.
"About 20 people every year are killed by sharks"
Rob says the zoo volunteer looked at her strangely, but the kids paid no attention. Later came the crab mask. The clues (red, etc) weren't cutting it. The kids just didn't care about crabs. So Ally felt she had to contribute again. Up went her hand
And the zookeeper gave her another strange look. Rob said it was obvious that she was trying to figure out how to respond to that, but failing. Ally noticed the strange looks. She whispered (rather loudly) to Rob "She probably doesn't even know what an octopus is"
Granted, our zoo is pretty small, but I'm sure the zoo keeper has heard of an octopus before :)
Strangely enough, I had played a similar game with Anya only about a week before and it was so hilarious it made me cry. Maybe I'll get to writing it down someday too.