Z is for Zookeeper – A to Z Challenge April 2015

Jack gave some lettuce to the old turtle, what a wise and gentle fellow, apparently he was close to one hundred years in age.

What wouldn’t he give to be able to talk to these zoo animals?

For two weeks now, Jack was working as a Zookeeper. To his parents’ shock, he had decided to quit his well payed job in a law firm and follow his passion. After years of working in a sterile environment, he had finally dared to go out into the wild, the insecurity of following his true self.

In Jack’s case that was being a Zookeeper.

Climbing into the lion’s cage, Jack didn’t even shiver. He felt confident, this was his childhood dream after all. Kneeling down he stroked the lion’s mane. Like a kitten this one purred and rolled onto his back to have his belly caressed as well. “Why did I not do this earlier?” Jack thought to himself.

“JACK! WOW, BE CAREFUL!” someone shouted from outside of the cage. It was one of Jack’s colleagues.

“No worries, this one is like a kitten” Jack replied with a broad smile.

“If you say so, but you know, the male you are cuddling there, is known to be a true danger for us zookeepers, you don’t even have the necessary professional experience!” was the answer from outside.

Jack didn’t mind the remarks from his experienced colleagues, he didn’t have any education or experience in the field, he was a natural,

“Or am I not?” he asked the great purring and sleeping cat.


Written by Solveig Werner


This marks the end of the A to Z Challenge of April 2015. I have had a lot of fun, and you all have been such a great support. I’ll treat you to an A to Z reflections post on Monday. 

Y is for Yawn – A to Z Challenge 2015

“Yawning is contagious, others will automatically join in”, this might not be the exact quote, but I remember reading about yawning with my ESL (English as a second language) teacher in middle school. She always made me read strange texts to provide me with diverse vocabulary. I recall a few of them.

One day we read the said text on yawning, we had a lot of fun with it an laughed a lot. The text ended with a task, we were meant to say the word “yawn” out loud five times and see what happens, we even said it in German, I don’t think that this made us yawn. Continue reading “Y is for Yawn – A to Z Challenge 2015”