Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Creepy Crawlies and the Wonder of Dirt

Dear Delilah,

When our daily schedule and the weather permit it, we head out for a nice long walk after breakfast. When we return home, we spend some time out in the yard playing, exploring, discovering, and pulling a weed here and there. A couple of weeks ago (yes, I'm behind on recounting our memories!) I turned away from the weeds to see that a rogue Caterpillar had dropped seemingly out of nowhere onto your sunhat! You were completely oblivious to your beautiful little friend as it made its way down to the brim of your hat, dropped onto the back of your shirt, and then meandered down to the grass to continue its journey.

I'll admit that I felt a slight twinge of disappointment when I was unsuccessful at turning your attention to the little creepy crawly critter before it wandered away. Still, observing your refusal to be distracted from the blade of grass and speck of dirt that you were so intently studying served as a reminder of just how much there is in this great big world for you to discover. There will be plenty of time for caterpillars, butterflies, and all of the other flora and fauna that our local great outdoors has to offer. There's no need to rush your examination of the tiniest particles of soil and all of the beauty and excitement they behold.



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  1. Not too long before all the minutia becomes the focus! My kids each had a phase where they could sit and look at dirt and bugs and worms and pebbles for HOURS!

  2. What a sweet post. :) My daughter was initially scared of caterpillars but one I "petted" one and asked if she would like to, she suddenly was interested and not scared anymore. :)

    The little girl I watch during the day has the same sun hat. :)


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