At this particular shop, I forget the name as they all are basically the same shop with a slightly different exterior, there was a man outside with two macaws. Asa wanted his picture. I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, "okay son, you do that".... I KNEW my kid would freak out the second one touched him and run out of the shabby lil hut screaming, possibly missing a finger. But to my pleasant surprise, Asa pet the birds, held them and pet their tummies and eventually posed for a picture BY HIMSELF with both birds perched on either arm. See below.
He looks terrified, doesn't he? I should be ashamed of myself. This is a perfect example of one of those moments we parents have when we realize our children are not babies anymore and maybe it's us, the parents, that are terrified. And maybe, just maybe we hold them back using their fears as a reason when in reality, it is our own fears that keep them from experiencing new and beautiful things. I'm so happy he got up there and took this picture. I'll have this to treasure FOREVER.
On a lighter note, the quirky fellow that owns these beauties also had a monkey until a year or so ago this happened... to an unsuspecting cop..
Poor lil April is no longer allowed to take pictures on the strand!