Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Loving Memory of Mac

Every year on Chase's birthday Jeff and I use a personal day and take Chase to have his pictures made before heading to the Houston Zoo. Chase loves that place and we have spent many, many hours walking around and enjoying all there is to see. Everyone goes out of their way to make it a special day for us from the lady greeting us at the tickets to the carousal operator that makes a big to-do and announces that a special birthday boy is riding and then always gives him an extra ride for free. It's just a perfect place. So wonderful that last year we actually had Chase's birthday party there. It was expensive but worth every penny.

One of our favorite exhibits has always been the elephants. Two years ago Houston welcomed a new baby Asian Elephant. It was very exciting for the zoo crowd and they even went as far as to run a contest to name him. He became known as Mac, because he was like a Mac truck. Mac was adorable. You could often find him frolicking with the other elephants or playing with his big rubber ball. He was quite entertaining. Sadly, this March when we make our traditional birthday trek to the zoo, the special little guy will be missing. On Sunday evening Mac passed away after a short battle with a type of herpes.virus. I think it is such a sad, sad thing and my heart goes out to his elephant family and his zoo family. He was definitely a little guy that left this earth much too soon. You will be missed by thousands Mac and we'll always remember you.

**I am grateful for
1) even though we are having horrible weather, our family is home safe
2) Chase is feeling much better
3) We got two wonderful years of seeing Mac at the zoo, we'll miss him
4) Christmas is less than two months away!
5) cold weather coming next week


Teresa said...

Aw sad, especially for Chase and family tradition :(