I am well enough to post again but unfortunately I still have the dregs of the flu (inflammed sinuses + chronic upper jaw pain). You know what they say about laughter, it's the best medicine.
SCENE: One nice afternoon during a 3-day weekend. Park is full of kids and families enjoying the wonderful outdoors.
LOCATION: Children's Grand Park in Seoul, Korea
Me: Oh look, there are elephants! I have never seen elephants before.
Hubby: You've never seen elephants before?
Billy: I wanna see them but I don't wanna ride them.
ELEPHANT: (Whispering to his pachyderm pal on the left) I see another gullible family approaching us. Watch what I'll do to catch the mom.
Elephant Handler: C'mon feed the elephants, just a buck for a bag of carrots. Get your chance to feed the elephants!
Me: Oooh honey! We can feed the elephants. Lemme get a bag. (Hurries to buy a bag of cut up carrots).
Hubby: (rolls eyes and sighs).
ELEPHANT: Yeah lady, come and see if you can feed us. *Evil grin*
Me: I'm back with the carrots!
Hubby: Here Billy, now don't be afraid to give them the carrot.
Billy: Ok Dad!
ELEPHANT: Wait for it....
Billy: Here you go elephant!
ELEPHANT: Yeah kid give it here... Aaaa CHOO!
ME: (Mouth wide open while framing the shot... Elephant snot flies right in and lands inside the mouth) Acck! GASP, hack, sputter, cough.... (repeat)
Hubby: You okay honey?
Me: (wailing) The elephant sneezed and some of it landed in my mouth!!!!
ELEPHANT: Yes! Got one again
Hubby: (Trying hard not to laugh) You had elephant snot in your mouth???!!
Me: (still wailing and sputtering) Yeah! And it was salty!
Elephant: Told you I was gonna do something to the lady... (High-fives his fellow elephant)
Hubby: (turns away to hide his laughter) Maybe you will turn into a superhero. Remember Spiderman?
Me: (still wailing and tries to scrub tongue with tissue) I've had strange things in my mouth but this is the weirdest!
*Note: Yes, we still bought more bags of carrots to feed the darn elephants. I even touched the trunk of one (no, not the one who sneezed on me). It was like touching a warm rubber hose covered with toothbrush bristles. Yes, I had to put up with elephant jokes for the rest of the day ... and trip from hubby and Billy. Aaargh!