Monday, May 28, 2007

It Stayed Inside for More Than Two Weeks...


A couple of weeks ago, Mason found a caterpillar on our front steps. He was absolutely delighted and begged to keep it. I washed out a peanut butter jar, put lots of holes in the lid and together, Mason and I made a home for him with a little twig, blades of grass and some nice green leaves. Well, that little critter munched through those leaves in no time. On day two we gave him some more. Then our little friend grew lethargic. I admit, I was nervous that we just hadn't created the right kind of habitat for the fuzzy fellow. Then, about three days into his stay in our jar he disappeared. We looked between some of the leaves and saw a cocoon! How cool is that? Mason was thrilled! The caterpillar stayed in there for what seemed like an eternity to Mason. Yesterday, as I was making dinner, I glanced in the jar and saw a moth! It was a bitter-sweet moment for Buddy because he knew it was time to say good-bye. We took the jar on the back deck and lifted the lid. It took a little while, but the moth eventually flew away. Mason thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, as did the girls. And I must say, that is my kind of pet! I'll welcome another caterpillar next spring; I'm sure Mason will be on the lookout.

9 comments:

The Jensen Family said...

That is our kind of pet too!! I will have to keep a lookout for caterpillars.

Cami said...

Wow! Pretty cool that you got him right before the cacoon times!

Anonymous said...

Mason looks so happy with his moth. What a lot of fun for him.

Esther

Christie said...

What a cool experence!!!

Joni said...

Yes, yes, the perfect pet!!

Jann said...

How fun for Mason. You are such a good mom. I love experiences like this.

Jenni said...

That is NEAT!! What a good mommy you are!! I've never been faced with someone wanting to have a bug for a pet, but I think this wonderful story will help me to be more positive if it ever comes up!! :)

Julia said...

Hmm, I think even *I* could take care of that kind of pet!! Good for Mason!

Kellie said...

What a wonderful experience for Mason-he'll probably remember this for the rest of his life.

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