Natural curiosity is a beautiful thing. And kids don’t hesitate to pick up anything and everything outside that looks at all interesting, including dead things. I had asked Madeline to run a few things down to the compost bin and her and Tyler returned with a dead bird they found in the garden..it must have ‘fallen’, they thought. They were intrigued with looking at it very closely..petting its’ feathers, touching its’ beak….things they don’t normally get to experience with the ‘live’ birds in the yard. Which was all fine and dandy. (No, I’m not the kind of mom that yells “don’t touch that…could have bugs, etc, etc.”) I’m more of a “Just wash your hands when you’re done” kind of gal.
I figured they would have just set it back outside somewhere when they were done investigating, but a while had passed and for some reason I had asked, ‘what did you do with that bird?’….The reply from her bedroom was, “I put it in the bed”.. ?? WHAT?! Yep, it was all cuddled up in the dollhouse bed…it’s head on a pillow and a little towel for a blanket. Good Grief……my only reply was…um, you know that these types of things aren’t toys, and that they should stay outside, right?!
Oh yes, we were just letting it visit for a minute, was the response.
I wonder how long it would have stayed there if I hadn’t asked…..hmmm.
Cheers to naturally curious kids!