Lion’s Den

When I’ve shared with people how many differences I have with my wife, they’ve often respond with, “Well, opposites attract.” I’m always struck by this because I don’t think we’re opposites at all. Sure, we have our differences. On heavy matters — like the death penalty — she believes in an eye-for-an-eye; I’m against capital punishment. And on lighter matters: I like seafood; she doesn’t. She’ll watch scary movies, and I most certainly will not.

Even after all of these years together, she and I continue to discover new things about each other.

One of the very first things I learned about my wife is how much she loves dogs. And while I don’t have an opposite for that — like a dislike for dogs … I do have a fear of dogs.

Over the years, she has become an animal rights advocate. She no longer visits zoos, circuses, and the like. And without going into great detail, she does other things — like buying only caged-free eggs, which come from hens that are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests.

While she and I have more to learn, and more to do, our belief is that animals belong in their natural habitats. Of course, you may disagree.

Yesterday I was at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo for a Kiwanis Club fundraiser. Once it was over, I made my way to the animal enclosures, which is where I took this photo of one of the lions. He — like every animal I saw yesterday — looked sad. The giraffes, penguins, mountain lion, wolves, elephants, and tigers all looked like they’d rather be somewhere else. Many of them just paced back and forth. The more I stared, the more depressing it became.

The placard by the lion read that they spend about 20 hours a day sleeping and/or resting. The remaining four hours are devoted to hunting.

After reading the same placard that I read, a visitor next to me said, “Twenty hours of sleeping! Wow. That’s the life.”

Is it?

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