Perfect Love at the Zoo

An old Welsh proverb proclaims, “Perfect loves does not come until the first grandchild.”

I’m not sure I fully comprehended this until our first grandchild, Emmett William Gilstrap, came into the world in January.

Perhaps that is why Mary and I decided that we both wanted to celebrate our 31st Valentine’s Day together with a trip to the zoo. We love the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Litchfield Park, and we thought it would be a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Now that we are approaching 50, we thought it would be even better if Emmett and some of our children could join us. This would not have seemed highly romantic 20 years ago, but it turned out to be just that (even though we weren’t technically able to pull it off until February 15).

Predictably, the boys had other commitments. But the two nurses, Amanda (our daughter) and Katie (Andrew’s wife and Emmett’s Mom), had the day off. So, they bundled up the lil’ dude and we headed out for a great day under another gloriously sunny Arizona sky. Chepi, who has been loving Coronel (Katie’s maiden name) children for three generations, was even able to join us.

I am pretty sure Emmett won’t remember his first trip to the zoo, but his expressions seemed to indicate he knew what was going on. It was a great way to celebrate the kind of bond I believe good old Saint Valentine promoted when he gave his life paving the way for others to fall and stay in love. Along the way, I managed to squeeze in some much needed photo-remedy. Hope you all enjoy viewing the photos as much as I loved taking them. God bless!

– Greg

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