Is That An Elephant Crossing the Road?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from being a parent is that children have slow reaction times.

With this knowledge I never point anything out when we are driving in the car. I can scream hysterically, wave my hand in the proper direction of the exciting discovery I’ve just laid my eyes on and yet my kids never look quick enough.

We pass it or it is gone. This turns into begging to please turn around and with that usually not being a possibility, heartbreak.

Someone definitely forgot to pass this helpful tip along to me. Nowhere in that Motherhood Handbook that we all receive did it say anything about “suppressing our excitement about seeing animals crossing the road because your children will never see it”. Not only will they not see it but they will demand you stop the car and trudge through the woods in search of them. When you refuse to do this they will be emotionally hurt and be left with a scar caused from you withholding this wondrous sight.

Sometimes I forget my own wisdom on this matter. I see a deer crossing the road and though this is a common sight in Wisconsin….I still have to state the fact. I think this is mainly due to the fact that deer mean trouble. If you hit one of these you will more than likely be visiting a body shop or mechanic. So sometimes I think I blurt it out almost as a reminder to myself to slow down and be on the lookout. If there’s one, there is usually more. The other day I saw a mother deer and three babies crossing the road. I was in shock. Did she have triplets? Is that possible? Even though there was 4 deer to witness… the children missed them ALL.

Most little boys, including my son are fascinated with airplanes. As a nice gesture I would point them out to him whenever I saw one flying in the sky. He’s on his own now to spot them himself.

We’ve passed flocks of geese feeding in a field that covered a good 100 yards. I’ve slowed down and considering the massiveness of this sight, it should give the kids a good 20 seconds to capture this feast for the eyes. They miss it every time. Therefore forcing me to seal my lips and throw away the key to this vision I’ve just partaken in on all future sightings.

I love clouds. I fancy myself a professional cloud depicter. Within two seconds I can visibly make out a tiger with a fish in its mouth. It is SO apparent. Nobody could miss it or mistake it for anything else. By the time my kids even locate the cloud I am pointing to it turns into an ice cream cone. Then I have to start describing all over again that the rectangle on the bottom is the cone and the fluffy mound on top is the ice cream resting on the cone. It isn’t as cool…. and they wish they would have seen the tiger.

Now I realize the probability of an elephant crossing the road in Wisconsin is highly unlikely. But you can bet your bottom dollar that if I were to spot one, there is no way I’m pointing it out. The kids will never see it.

This is Iris when she was 2 years old…there’s an elephant right behind her….she has no clue!

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26 responses

  1. my kids are the same way. The only things they notice are the animals that have become roadkill, which they are fascinated by for some reason, and the Canadian geese that seem to have taken over our Floridian city. We saw an Alligator crossing the road once at a very slow pace as though it was invincible and I kept shouting and pointing (feeling safe since I was in the car) and not one of them saw it. Oh, kids :)

  2. I’m usually the one who misses things around here.It’s usually my husband pointing out cars driving past.
    I must say I wish you’d photographed the deer. Not so common in Australia. In my case, deer would definitely spell trouble because I’d be out trying to get the shot at any cost!!

    • haha!!! Yeah, I’m sorry I missed the shot too! I’ve never seen three babies with a mom! They were way too fast though! Next time I’m at my mom’s house I’ll have to go through her photos. My parents live in the country and quite a few times they have awoken to deers eating in their backyard. They have quite a few pictures of this sight!!

  3. I love this! My son is that way. Normally I am pointing out really cool cars. Since they are usually coming from the other direction that doubles his chances of never seeing them.

    • haha!!! I totally forgot about the car thing!!! There’s a SUV that drives around our town that is COVERED in stickers…I see it all the time!!! It’s quite the sight!!! Knowing for sure my kids would get a big kick out of this I’ve tried pointing this out to them several times!!! Alas, they have never seen it!! I have given up!!!

  4. There’s a guide to motherhood? I must have been in the bathroom when they passed that out. Darn it!

    At least I know I’m not the only whose children miss everything. I just point out landmarks now. Like water towers. Even as distracted as my kids are, there’s a good chance they’ll see that!

    • Oh yes…there’s much better odds with stationary objects!!! Just have to avoid pointing out the moving ones!!! haha!!!! I’m sorry you missed your copy of the Motherhood Manual!!! It left out all of the important stuff anyway like this great bit of advice!!!

  5. We live in Texas near an airport and an aeronautics plant. K still misses the planes sometimes. (We also have deer. I found one with my car when I was in college…)

  6. You’re absolutely right. Only because my mom was in the backseat with A. today, did I dare to point out a neighbor’s yard full of what we call “peck-pecks” (ibises). She saw them, but most of the time it’s just as you described it: “What?? Where? Can I see?” The most interesting thing I saw on the road lately was a bird chasing a snake, all the way across the street and into the grass by the neighborhood playground. Shudder.

    • Wow!! Did the bird think he was going to catch it and eat it??? That couldn’t possibly be a good outcome for the bird!! I was trying to look and see what country you’re from but couldn’t locate it on your blog. Sometimes I do crossword puzzles and they always have clues that the answer is “ibis” but I’ve never actually seen one or heard of any in the U.S. so I assumed they were from a different country.

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