Of Monkeys and Men and How We All Need Love

Great writer.  Great story.  Great reminder.

Tip of My Tongue

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

– Lao Tzu

Last week, I came across this sign while exploring the D.C. zoo.

But I didn’t see an obliviously happy lemur stroking a stuffed friend. Instead, I saw this:

And, about 20 feet away, this:

Mr. Real Lemur was napping alone, his “friends” propped shiny-eyed and lifeless on a different rock ledge. And maybe it was just my timing, and Mr. Real Lemur does hang out with them when he’s awake, but the sight still made my heart drop into the vicinity of my boots. I wondered why I would have felt better if I’d witnessed him snuggling the toys instead. It still wouldn’t have been real companionship; he still would have been completely alone in his enclosure… but it would have reassured me that he didn’t feel quite so alone.


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