The Hubby and Goodnight Gorilla

My hubby is amazing. While it’s likely that we all might think and say that “MY husband is the best”–the reality is that MY husband is the best! Kidding, kidding.

Seriously, however, I really do think that my hubby is the best fit for me and our crazy family.

One of my favorite moments of all time with my two boys is bedtime. Little M can have us read anywhere from one page to five (or six or seven) entire books before getting sleepy. For the most part, he doesn’t really have a preference as to who reads him what book. Except for Goodnight Gorilla, of course. Daddy has to be the one to read that. Even if I read it to him first, M will always hand the book over to his daddy afterwards.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann is beautifully illustrated and has a very funny plot. It’s basically about a zookeeper who goes around the entire zoo, saying goodnight to all the animals before heading home for the day. Little did the zookeeper know that the gorilla grabbed the keys from his pocket so he could open his own cage. The gorilla followed the zookeeper around the zoo, opening the cages of all the animals the zookeeper passed and was saying goodnight to. So the zookeeper walked home–followed by a gorilla, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, an armadillo, and other animal friends.

Sounds like a great book? It really is! The tricky part about reading Goodnight Gorilla… is that there are pretty much no words to read.

Yep, that’s right. If you want to read this book to your child–you’ll need to use a bit of imagination and creativity.

The hubby, however, has mastered the art of “reading” Goodnight Gorilla to baby M. He can read it to him over and over again in one sitting, with each version being different from the previous one. He notices the little details I’ve never seen in the hundreds of times we’ve read the book, such as the zookeeper’s name being Joe (as apparently indicated on his uniform); that the blue key opened up the blue lock, the red key opened up the red lock, and so on.

I love listening to all the hubby’s versions of Goodnight Gorilla, and love watching the little boy completely captivated by his daddy’s storytelling. I am not only amused by my husband’s creativity, but I am reminded of how kind and patient my husband is with us. For that, I am thankful. 🙂

Happy birthday, Daddy! ❤

 

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