Yes, indeed, the photo at the left is a group of locust shells. And why, you ask, do I have these creatures? Well, our granddaughter, Meggan is staying with us for a week. Last night when Meggan was getting ready for bed she heard the deafening sound of our summer cicadas. I was explaining to her how they make the sound and how they shed their shells and burrow into the ground to lay eggs for next year. (More information than you needed, right?) Needless to say she found that very curious. First thing this morning she wanted to do when she awoke (after the tooth fairy had found its way to Nama and Papa's house to retrieve her tooth and give her a little something) was to go and look for those nasty looking cicada shells. Not to be disappointed she found the shells (and, I might add, would have taken more if I had let her, but I figured 9 was enough!) and wanted to b-r-i-n-g- t-h-e-m- i-n-t-o- my h-o-u-s-e so she could examine them under a magnifying glass. I only touched one of them; she picked up the rest. "Nama, look at the bulging eyes. They look like bubbles" she exclaimed with GLEE! We (she) had placed them in a plastic bowl and saved them for Papa to see. But clearly she lost interest after she could examine them. Whew!
"And, WHO is Grandma Alice" you are probably asking. And how does she figure into this whole thing. Well, here's the connection….My mom (Alice) had a very curious mind, and she loved to take our children on outings where she would show them bugs on trees and worms and cocoons and whatever other thing in nature that she thought interesting and curious…things she knew her daughter (moi) would NEVER be showing them…..because said daughter did not LIKE bugs or looking at them or thinking about them for that matter. Now some of our grandchildren have taken on this curiosity. BUT, what was I DOING?! Well, I guess Grandma Alice wasn't so weird….because now I'm doing some of the same things. And, goodness knows, I'm NOT weird. Rather it was fascinating to me to see Meggan so inquisitive. So, hey, I went along with the program! And made new memories…..