The animal lady brought five or six "exotic" animals with her for the kids to check out, touch and learn about. Little J was, as always, incredibly curious about it all.
I will be the first to admit that I have a "healthy respect" for snakes and spiders. While I don't run screaming at the sight of either, I would rather not look at them and I definitely have no interest in touching either species. Little J seems to feel the same way, even though we encouraged him to check things out.
He did manage to pet the ferret, and made quite a few interesting expressions during the demonstration
At the beginning, as the first few animals came out, Little J wanted me close at hand. But as the demonstration wore on, he ventured forward, to the front of the group. He exercised a bit of independence -- albeit he was still less than thirty feet away from me -- and had a new experience all his own.
I'm really proud of him for overcoming his fears. And I have to say - it was a really cool idea for a birthday party!
(c) Lessons from Cooper