Ever since my daughter could express herself, she has been an animal lover. She used to stop people walking by our house with their dogs and ask if she could pet them. Her book choices at the library always include at least one animal book. Horses, whales, hedgehogs, naked mole rats – you name it, she wants it as a pet.
But she can’t stand monkeys. I don’t even know when her dislike for monkeys started, but the first time we went to the zoo she told me in no uncertain terms that she did not want to see the monkeys. “You know I hate monkeys, Mommy,” she said. I do?? Monkeys have been very popular on kid’s clothes lately, and she was completely freaked out by this. At her school one of the third grade teachers had decorated her room with all kinds of fun monkey stuff. It would have been very traumatic if she had turned out to be my daughter’s teacher.