Turning off the garden tap I had to jump… because a little green frog jumped out from just beside my hand. I resisted the urge to scream (thinking of having to set a positive example), then quickly summoned the Littlins. They were over joyed that by the sight.
Little Man, as always, wanted to pick it up. He will pick up anything- spiders, bugs, worms, you name it! He even asked if the chickens will eat it. He is also a real experimenter and will try to feed everything to the chicken. Like the other day, when I caught him sneaking out into the garden after lunch (he was supposed to be headed up for a nap). He had saved some pasta from his lunch and was going to give it to the girls. This time I managed to convince him not to pick up the frog and give it to the chickens. (That would’ve been a rather upsetting massacre I suspect.)
Little Miss was more reserved about going near it, she asked lots of questions about where the frog lives, what it eats, where is its family. Testing the waters, I asked whether she thinks the frog might turn into a prince if we kissed it. She told me off- “Mummy don’t be silly! That’s only in the stories!” … and this from a 4 year old who is always dressing up to be a princess, doctor, mummy, doggy, etc and playing make-believe.
We pondered over all the ins and outs of frog life for a while from a couple of steps back. Then another frog showed up, a smaller one. And they both hoped away into the mint jungle. Little Miss explained that must be where their house is and they are going back to their babies. (I didn’t want to spoil the story by pointing out there was no water in sight for the tadpoles.)
I love the spontaneous opportunities that are thrown in our path to learn- for the Littlins about nature and it’s wonders, for me to see how little minds work and start making sense of the world. To me these moments are the most rewarding in parenthood!
What do you find rewarding in parenting?