Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

I’ve previously blogged about the side effects of being married to an ecologist. It turns out that creepy crawlies are not just a ‘boy’ thing. Our daughter is equally enthusiastic about the 6 and 8 legged members of the animal kingdom. It continues to be a challenge for me as I clearly have some deep-rooted issues with invertebrates. A couple months shy of 2 and 4, my children already have a growing collection of field guides. On the weekend we were having a strangely quiet car journey across town. I looked over my shoulder and this was what my two were up to.

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When you marry an ecologist you’ll never hold another can of inspect spray in your hand again.  Nothing dies on their watch. There have only been two occasions when I have drawn a line in the sand over our little multi-legged friends.  The first was when I discovered 150 newly hatched baby huntsmen spiders in the baby nursery.  The second was the discovery of a family of redback spiders living happily in our compost bin. And even then, he hesitated.

I wasn’t prepared for our children to be similarly inclined and this has been one of my greatest parenting challenges.  Unlike my son, at least my husband has the good sense never to come running towards me with an outstretched hand yelling delightedly:

“Look at my spider/millipede/dragonfly/beetle/skink/moth!”

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