Today we helped my parents weed in their yard, as it was a beautiful day and it needed doing. My mom bought the girls their own little gardening gloves and they were excited to help (at first). Then they found the snails.
Now, I don't like snails. I find them pretty gross and slimy. They are interesting, but I would prefer to look at pictures of them rather than in real life. I was actually shocked to see how many snails were in the yard, because I don't remember them ever being there when I was growing up. Then again, I didn't look for them, either.
Anyway, I was pretty surprised at the reaction my girls had to the snails.
First, they gawked:
(Here is a close up of what they were gawking at):
Then, they started picking them up and talking to them.
(Here is a close up of Chloe's snails):
And then, they began to place them all in their little snail houses, telling them that they would take care of them. Of course, all of the interaction was done in baby talk. So very nurturing. Here is Bria putting a snail into its house:
(And, of course, the obligatory close up):
I don't really know how boys react to snails, but I'm pretty sure they don't act like they are their baby dolls. In the end, they didn't get nearly as much weeding done as we had hoped, but they definitely mothered (and probably scared to death) an awful lot of snails.
And just in case you're wondering, I absolutely forbade kissing them. Yuck!!!