Gardening Partner

Gardening Partner

Because most of the animals at Chimps Inc. were raised as or by humans, they all have a fondness for human enrichment, leftover from their pet and entertainment days. Jackson and Topo love shoes, Thiele loves nail polish, Patti loves opening mail, CJ loves t-shirts, and Herbie can’t resist putting a hat on his head if he comes across one. Emma, on the other hand, loves to garden.

Today as I was weeding behind the Garden enclosure, I heard some shuffling noises behind me and turned to see that Emma had come over to watch. (Perhaps she noticed I’d borrowed her shovel without asking?) She stared intently as I dug up the weeds littered in every direction, carefully observing my progress and every so often grunting in assent when I tugged up a particularly stubborn one. We sat together (mesh between us) for a while, basking in the warm sun and the summer breeze, the smell of freshly turned earth ripe in our nostrils. Emma observed my progress with enthralled patience, occasionally accepting a dandelion from me to munch on but never letting her eyes leave my shovel or the growing pile of weeds beside me. It was so nice to have company and enjoy her fascination with what seemed to me like such a menial task. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday with my favorite girl.

Rachel, Senior Caregiver

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