The Animal Challenge

Sandra was sitting at the kitchen table drinking her lemon water. She had just returned from her morning jog  and was enjoying the peace and quiet. Asher would probably be in bed until 10. He always slept in on Saturday morning. Wait! Was that footsteps that she heard coming down the stairs?  Sure enough, her eyes widened, as Asher walked into the kitchen fully dressed and smiling!

“HI Mom!” he said as he opened the refrigerator getting out the orange juice. He poured himself a glass.

“I am heading out to the library. I will probably be there all morning, working on a school project.”

Sandra almost choked on her water. She looked at him in shock. “You are up early on a Saturday to go to the library and work on a school project? Do I need to take your temp, are you sure you aren’t sick? You aren’t acting like my son!

“I am fine Mom, see you later.” Asher said, as he grabbed the bagel from the toaster.

“Hey that was…” Sandra heard the front door close. “my bagel.”  She shook her head as she got another bagel out of the fridge and some blueberry cream cheese to spread on it.

Asher had 4 books spread out in front of him on the table. Surely he would find what he was looking for in one of these books. All of the books were about rare animals. He had to find a really good one! His animal report had to be better than Tiffany’s!

Ahh! He found it! She wouldn’t be able to top this one! Yes, some things were worth getting up early on Saturday mornings for. The sweet satisfaction that would come from knowing he had outsmarted her this time!

The Okapi, from Africa, it was unique for sure! Not quite 5 feet tall and another name for it was the “forest giraffe” or “zebra giraffe”.