Staten Island Zoo in 1963
I slammed my face horribly on the railing. I remember feeling very embarrassed that an older woman I didn't know, was suddenly pulling me back to safety.
Sad Looking Face
This blurry photo was taken days after my fall. It hardly shows my swollen face or black eye.
I remember being very embarrassed to start first grade in a new city, with my distorted face. But for years, I loved bragging about how I'd fallen into the alligator pit... sort of.
No Gators at the Zoo
Well, we evidently have no alligators in the Houston Zoo right now! Maybe that's because they aren't interesting enough? I've seen them in my own neighborhood, after all. So I posed with the sign that tells me alligators are coming next year, to a new Wetlands Exhibit.
I did misbehave for a brief moment, for old time's sake. Then I had a chance to get up close and personal with a gator in a giant photo. I suffered no injuries on my zoo adventure!