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Arun has recently become enamored of a wee lassie from Australia. You may know her as Steve Irwin's daughter, in our home, she is known simply as "Bindi". And for a little boy who is obsessed with animals, Bindi is living the dream. Arun is very curious about this girl, loves watching her show on the Discovery Kids channel and asks many questions about her - What is her favorite dinosaur? Where does she live? Does Bindi like lemonade? He also knows that her daddy died and he talks about that, too. Instead of Santa, I use little Bindi as an example to be upheld. (For the official record of records, Bindi eats her veggies, is always sweet to her sibling, says "please" and "thank you", wipes her butt appropriately and treats her cats and dogs with the pinnacle of kindness and generosity. Ahem.)
One of my favorite things about being a parent is sharing my love for animals, nature and science with my kids. I took all the science courses available in my high school and was a member of the Science Club. When I took my last biology class at in college, I was pretty sad about it and confused. I knew at that point, I was going into the business school and that it would be my last science class. I will never forget that hesitation as I went to pick up something from the biology lab, knowing that it would my last time there. I loved, loved science (biology, in particular) but had no earthly idea how to make a career of it. While there is no point to having regrets, I do wonder how my life might have been different had I selected a career path in which I was truly passionate.
My kids are both crazy about animals, which thrills me to no end. Sure, we have trains, cars, dolls and all of the other Manacles of Required Gender Specification, but my kids gravitate towards the animals (for now?) And lately, Arun has been exploring general science and is asking tons of questions: Why does it rain? Why does it snow? Why do we have bones? Can we take our bones out? Why do we poop? Where does the sun go at night? Why do we eat food? Where does the food go? Why is the moon bigger now? Did it grow? Why is it orange? Why is it following us?? He is learning the differences between mammals and reptiles. The differences between birth and eggs. He sees that monkeys and apes are similar to humans, we have began discussing evolution.
And I am learning new things, too. I did not know that much about dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians. Now, I know more about them than I ever could have imagined. I also never dreamed that not only would I own one tarantula, but that I would become an invertebrate enthusiast myself and manage to sneak in a second one in as well.
No, I am not complaining. Now, excuse while I run out to buy the Planet Earth series. It is for the children, of course.
This parenting gig is hard.
Gratuitous Simian Snappage
Deanna Rose Farm
Natural History Museum