As a mom, you roll with the punches — wipe up the milk that exploded from a sippy cup in the car and answer "Why?" questions when your kids hit the curious stage.
Having grown up in San Francisco, I discussed the issues of kidnapping, drug addiction, and homelessness with my daughter early on, but nothing prepared me for the recent conversations we've had about tigers.
She's been to the San Francisco Zoo dozens of times, enough to know that fluffy white bunnies are fed to the lions at feeding time while the room vibrates with their roars. And, that a zoo keeper's arm was mauled by Titiana, a Siberian tiger when her limb got too close.
But, the other night, my daughter had enough when I told her that she and her cousins couldn't go outside to play because we just got word that tigers may have escaped from the zoo. Since we were celebrating Christmas just blocks away at a hall in a tree lined thick on the lake, we had been warned to stay indoors while search helicopters hovered. To see what happened, read more