Beth Siegalkoff

Today is Zoo Lovers Day. A zoo was originally called a “menagerie”. In some form, menageries have been around since ancient times. The earliest recording was around 1500 B.C. People, young and old, enjoy visiting the zoo. Where else can you see lions, tigers, bears, reptiles, birds, monkeys, elephants, etc.?

There are some who believe animals belong in their natural habitat and do not belong in zoos. And, if the animals are injured, they either heal and live, or they die – survival of the fittest.

Zoos educate us about animals.

We are fortunate to have several smaller zoos in our area, from Lodi to Folsom. These zoos have saved animals that would otherwise have died from injuries or neglect if it weren’t for the dedicated people who found them and cared for them.

Some of the animals, after healing, can be released back into their natural habitat; and others, due to unhealable injuries, had to acclimate to living in a zoo-type setting to survive.

And, of course, the queen of the valley, the Sacramento Zoo, has a huge collection of animals, birds and reptiles. The Sacramento Zoo has been so successful handling their occupants that they have outgrown their original space. It is urgent they find and develop a new zoo compound as soon as possible.

I would like to suggest, with this amazing weather, for you to visit a zoo soon but, due to “sheltering in place”, all zoos are closed to the public. So, when sheltering is lifted, please patronize a zoo near you. Take the whole family, Grandma and Grandpa, too. Secondly, open your purse strings and give a donation to support them.

So, how are you doing sheltering in place? I’m hanging in there. The high school district is following the direction of the state and continuing online learning to finish the school year.

I know it is probably for the best; this virus needs to be beat down and stomped into the ground, but I miss working with the students. I miss hearing their voices, their excitement about the books they are reading and their own stories they are writing. I miss hearing about their dreams, proofing their schoolwork, and I miss the seniors with their essays, job successes and college acceptance letters.

I have had the pleasure of seeing some of them out and about during this hiatus from school but, with social distancing, it’s hard to have a conversation beyond a few sentences. However, their genuine smiles and positive outlooks are infectious, and there is hope that all is well. They brighten my day.

How are you celebrating Easter? Whatever you choose will definitely give a new meaning to the word creative. Church services are being streamed. Gatherings of 10 people or less are the new norm. Does the Easter bunny hide the eggs six feet apart? Or, do we let only one child at a time find a certain amount of eggs (all in the name of social distancing)? Or, do we all humble our hearts and thank God for his Son’s resurrection and count our blessings, knowing He is with us on this journey of life? It is what we make it. The choice is ours.

Our garden is growing, not only are the plants getting fuller but there are more kinds of plants. Don planted some Walla Walla onions, mini sweet peppers, Fresno peppers and strawberries. With rain last weekend, they all got a good soaking and seem to be thriving.

Happy anniversary to my daughter and her husband – 26 years tomorrow – wow! It seemed like only yesterday you were planning your wedding, and time just flew by. Enjoy your special day. We wish you both at least 26 more.

Dates to remember:

Friday, April 10 – Good Friday

Sunday, April 12 – Easter

Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day

Until next week – Be Strong, be courageous and make a memory.