June 29, 2012


The String Bean loves frogs. So when I noticed about a month ago that Beryl had left a ton of standing water in our neighbor's not-yet-completed backyard pond AND there were tadpoles in it? I formed a plan.

I borrowed a fish tank from another neighbor, then went over and caught a handful of tadpoles. Which proved to be quite a challenge. And the whole time, the mama frog was croaking at me. Poor thing. I thought she might even try to come at me.

I set the tank up in our kitchen and surprised SB with it. She was ecstatic. I quickly got online and began to learn as much as I could about tadpoles. We hope to raise them until they become frogs. Then we will release them back where they came from.

I thought it would be a fun summer "project" and an educational opportunity. We'll see how it goes. I originally placed 10 tadpoles in the tank. We've lost one so far. They mostly hide, but when they come out and swim around, we all get a thrill out of watching.

One of the best things about parenthood is being able to experience the world through a child's eyes. The wonder. The enthusiasm. It is so great to see SB's love of creatures.

It also allows me to indulge a passion of my own. As a child, I could often be found in the creek near our home catching critters. My brother and I turned our backyard sandbox into a "frog farm" one summer.

Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Once I entered college, however, I realized my love of animals was not going to enable me to overcome my weakness in math and science. But I still love creatures!

This summer project is as much for me as it is for SB. I just get to use her as an excuse.

Stay tuned to see how our little guys are doing...

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