Don’t you think?
Growing butterflies might be one of my all time favorite things to do with my kids. Every time we do it, I think of Eric Carle and his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He must have done this with his own kids a million times and found it just as fascinating. Personally, I think the whole thing is outrageous! I mean, these tiny, little worms show up at your house with, what looks like, sand in the bottom of a plastic container. They’re fuzzy and ugly and I actually paid for them to come live in my home. Crazy!
Last night, my youngest daughter and I watched two of our five caterpillars climb to the top of the container. They crawled around, experimenting with ways to hang themselves upside down. Do you think there’s a comfortable way to hang yourself upside down? I can’t really say for sure, but these caterpillars tried quite a few methods before settling on their final position. What makes them do it? Do they know that they’re going to be beautiful butterflies? Do they even want to be butterflies? Caterpillars seem so crass, so boorish, so….so icky. And butterflies, well butterflies are just so beautiful.
The whole process simply amazes me every single time we do it. Would it be weird if I continued doing this long after my kids are grown?