|Children Love Bugs!|
Is it because they see them as something amazing, something funny, or just something cute that's even smaller than they are?
Or could it be because they see bugs as little "friends" who are fun and, like them, just glad to be alive.
One summer day at my daughter's home, I glanced out the kitchen window into the backyard, trying to see my four grandchildren.
There must have been a dozen kids out there! They were all huddled around the slide on the old swing set, waving their arms around and cheering.
They were obviously having a great time with something and yet, my four-year-old grandson, also a part of said crowd, was crying. I went out to see what was wrong.
I walked over, gave Colin a hug, and asked him what was wrong. He sniffled, wiped his nose on my T-shirt and said, "We're having slug races, Gram, and Sammy, my slug, stopped racing. Sammy won't go AT ALL, even when I poke him! (sniffle-sniffle)"
I went over to the slide, a METAL slide, mind you, and I could see right away what the problem was. Sammy was so slow, he'd gotten himself stuck to the hot slide.
Without going into the morbid "why", I suggested that Colin should probably give Sammy a rest and we would find another slug to race with. While he ran off to start the search, I removed little Sammy's fried body from the slide.
Today, I want to share a bug poem, written for Colin -- from a child's point of view.
I Love Bugsby CJ Heck
I love teeny tiny ants
and itchy bitsy fleas,
spiders, big and little,
and grouchy grumble bees,
butterflies that flutter by,
and beetles when they run
from marching caterpillars.
I think bugs are fun!
Skeeters like to bite me,
but lightning bugs, they don’t,
and flies that get inside the house
could bite, but they won’t.
Silly racing centipedes
and slow and slimy slugs
are my very special favorites.
I love bugs.
("I Love Bugs" from the book, "Me Too Preschool Poetry", by CJ Heck)
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“A writer soon learns that easy to read is hard to write.” ~CJ Heck