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When the path to school is lined with cicadas and worms

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 3:06pm

This school year I've been making a point of walking my kids to school in the morning. It starts our day out with a little exercise and fresh air, and gives us some nice time together. Plus, I've read a couple of articles about how physical activity, and especially walking to school in the morning, really sets kids up for success throughout their school day, making them more alert and better able to learn.

So I load up my 4-year-old in the stroller (for the convenience of it), and off we go. It's fun that we get to chat and observe things together along the way.

Being the nature-loving family that we are, we pay special attention to every living creature that crosses our path. Squirrels, birds, beetles, snails, you name it. Last week was a big time for cicadas and worms. I don't even know how many cicada shells we gathered. Plus we saw three newly hatched cicadas. How exciting!

My little guy in the stroller has a particular fondness for worms, and he tells me when to stop so we can rescue worms from the street. At one point my son tried to alert me to a worm while I was in the middle of talking with my older son. I didn't hear his request, but I was certain it needed to wait since he was clearly being rude by interrupting. We walked on for a bit, chatting.

When I asked my youngest what he wanted to say, he burst into tears at the thought of the worm we had passed by and how it would surely die because we failed to rescue it. I felt pretty bad for him. Fortunately, I was able to reassure him that we would look for the worm on our way back home and it would be fine.

As it turned out, we couldn't find that exact worm on our way home, so my son was happy to think that the little “wormy” had gotten out of the road on his own. Maybe he'll remember that, and it will take some of the pressure off having to save every single worm in our path!

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