It is a rainy day and we are at the zoo. There is a steady downpour. Our shoes make sloshing sounds in the water, throwing back drops of water on our trousers.
We walk around, looking at each enclosure. Most of the animals seem worn out by the rain. They are seated in their shelters. Some, like the hyena, continue to pace, back and forth, oblivious to the rain and the visitors.
We then move on to a series of inter-connected enclosures that house a few naughty monkeys and some ring-tailed lemurs.
In the first room, a fight seems to have erupted between the monkeys and two lemurs. They tease, chatter and chase each other frantically – up and down the branches.
The other ring tailed lemurs also watch this fight, their bodies braced for action.
We smile and move on. The second room has a few lemurs, the loners, sitting by themselves.
When we reach the third room, we laugh out aloud, for seated all alone, right in the middle of the room is a lemur. Just look at his expression –
We just love the look on his face. We wonder what he is trying to express.
Seems like he is saying, “Whatever!”
This expression strikes a chord.
- This is the expression I wear when I have not had my morning coffee.
- This is the expression my children have when I narrate a joke that they find boring.
- This is the expression when one has just finished a difficult exam.
- This is the expression after a high-thrill ride you have been on (one that your children have forced you on..and you unknowingly said yes to!)
- This is also me at the end of a long day.
I can relate to the lemur’s expression at many levels.
Bye little friend.