He was living at the Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Fla. He had recently celebrated his 50th birthday.
That's a long time for a manatee to live, so when we left the aquarium, we bid Snooty solemn farewell. We were certain Snooty wouldn't live much longer.
Earlier this year, I took Cooper and Katie to the same aquarium. And, wouldn't you know it, Snooty was still there, swimming in a big pool, eating obscene amounts of romaine lettuce, showing off to curious visitors.
|Snooty on his 63rd birthday|
(Photograph: Tiffany Tompkins-Condie)
|Cooper and Katie admire Snooty in March|
|Snooty, left, goes in for some fresh food.|
|Big (pretend) hugs for Snooty|
This morning at church I put my purse down, made sure Katie was settled then returned to the Narthex to help Cooper get ready for his role as acolyte.
When I returned to my seat, I saw this.
I opened the bag to find this.
Inside the bag:
I love it!
It wasn't signed. The giver remains a mystery. Thank you!