Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sadie, My Caterpillar Girl

I've mentioned before how much Sadie loves worms. Well, she loves caterpillars, too. She holds them for very long lengths of time- letting them crawl all over her hands, arms, legs, clothes and sometimes, she even puts them on her face and lets them crawl around there, too. She talks to them (calls them her "fends") and laughs at them (or with them, we aren't sure).

The other day, she was holding one outside and soon came into the kitchen, crying that she had lost her caterpillar. She was thrilled when I pointed out that he was crawling on the back of her dress. We handed it back to her and she squealed and went running back outside (because you are not allowed to have caterpillars in the house unless they are zipped up into the butterfly habitat, of course).

As she was running out, she tripped and her hand landed squarely on top of her caterpillar. Oh, the cries of pain and sadness! Jamey scooped her up and held her as she mourned (and I mean, really mourned) the loss of her pet. It took her awhile to calm down. But, as soon as we mentioned the possibility of heading outside to find another one, hope and a smile returned.

If only we can remedy all the losses she may face in life so easily.... Pin It


  1. This reminds me of a funny story. Back when I was teaching there was a little girl who brought her "pets" to school in a tupperware container. When her teacher looked inside, it was full of maggots. The teacher explained that she would need to get rid of the pets and the little girl cried and cried and cried. I think it's sweet that little children can love those things I think are rather unlovable.


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