The day was beautiful and the new park was just the answer to being locked inside for too long. Steven smiled down at his wide-eyed six-year-old, Trevor. It was good to see the boy so enthralled with nature after being forced indoors for so long.
And it was a perfect place for a boy, for the park had several semi-abstract life-sized sculptures of different exotic animals, both living, though in a different parts of the world, or long extinct.
“This is so lovely,” Carolyn said. She had been holding their son’s hand at first, but Trevor had escaped to explore on his own, though never out of sight or reach.
They turned a corner in the path to come face to face with a large, angular prehistoric beast.
“Look Dad, a dinosaur,” Trevor said.
The sculpture was so intriguing that Steven couldn’t take his eyes off of it to look at his son.
“No, Trevor, it’s a mammoth. They’re mammals and lived much later.”
“Are you sure it isn’t a mastodon?” Carolyn asked.
“No, Mom and Dad, a dinosaur. Look!”
Steven laughed to himself. A six-year-old boy should know all of this stuff, but the prehistoric elephantine was not a dinosaur.
He turned to talk to Trevor, but Trevor was looking in a different direction.
Steven followed his son’s glaze.
From behind the trees, following their path, a large T-Rex came into view.
It was not a sculpture. It was far too alive and far to big.
Steven turned and ran. The last thing he heard was, “See Dad, I told you it was a dinosaur.”
This was written for this week’s writephoto challenge. Sue is gone and missed, but before she left, she passed the baton for this challenge over to KL Caley. The photo at the top of the page was provided by KL, along with the key word “dinosaur“. Though I’m with the mom and dad here, it is most likely a mammoth, though possibly a mastodon ;)