Gender reveals have become so popular that they’ve basically jumped the shark. So many different couples and families have resorted to elaborate productions to alert their friends and loved ones of the type of child they’ll be having, that it’s getting harder and harder to stand out.
Leave it to Florida to up the ante.
Tampa couple Stacie Childs-Wright and her husband Chad had a little get together to reveal the sex of their forthcoming child, but rather than simply use a lasagna with blue filling or jump out of an airplane with pink powder, they drafted one of their other children to help. A scaly, fearsome creature that goes Amos.
Amos is an alligator.
Chad, who works with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a trapper, has had Amos since 2000, which doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the enormous reptile roaming their backyard, but maybe a little?
In order to get Amos to help spring the gender news on the party, Chad attached a black balloon to the end of a long poll and repeatedly waved it near Amos’ snout. eventually, the reptile bit, resulting in an anticlimactic puff of pink air. Stacie seemed thrilled that the 10th child in the couple’s blended family is going to be a girl, but Chad seemed even less enthusiastic than the alligator.
This is certainly the first gender reveal to use an alligator that I’ve seen, and I’d be perfectly content if it were the last.
Also, I should have said, “jumped the alligator.”