“Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of”. But sometimes little girls have a love for all things creepy-crawly? Olivia from Put The Kettle On tells how her 4 year old girl loves all animals, even the small creepy ones!
For the most part my daughter Eva is all things you might expect from a 4 year old girl. She’s cute(sugar), bubbly, angelic-looking(all things nice?) and the part I like most – she’s incredibly strong-willed, what some might call stubborn. I’m guessing that’s the spice!
I prefer to think she knows her own mind just like her Mammy.
My Daughter Loves All Animals
Yes, of course she likes kittens and puppies, generally the fluffier the better, but this extends much further.
I’ve watched her gaze lovingly and fearlessly straight into the eyes of an Irish wolfhound. Our cats receive what must seem like never-ending hugs until they wriggle and squirm themselves free and leg it out the cat flap. I’m sure the chickens would get hugs too if they weren’t so hard to catch.
She ensures Lucy, our Jack Russell receives 6 squares meals a day and the odd scrap from her own dinner plate. She prides herself on having trained Lucy how to play fetch. The poor dog had no choice in the matter, as I think I mentioned before, little Miss can be quite persistent.
On a visit to Reptile Village in Co. Kilkenny, she was captivated by tarantulas, snakes and snapping turtles. She was enthralled when invited to stroke the back of a massive Tegu lizard while I looked on from a few feet away. Even the python, which we observed enjoying his mouse-supper, did not curb her enthusiasm!
Her Garden Pets
After a good plod around the back garden she’ll come trotting in to introduce us to her newest pet. Recently we have entertained a tiny spider, a daddy-long-legs, a moth and a ladybird. And last week, she brought in three little worms in a bowl, ‘a family’ if you will. Euch!
Now, I’m not one for creepy crawlies, but I decided that as she is displaying all good stuff in terms of healthy psychological development – care, nurture, empathy etc., that I will go along and let her bring her new pets into, and only as far as the kitchen. I’ve quietened my desire to shout ‘Get that disgusting thing out of my kitchen!’
I really don’t want to pass on my loathing of slimy, creepy things, which is frankly very silly of me, when it’s clear she has a genuine fascination with the little blighters. OK I’ll be honest, the worms had to go. I can’t stand worms.
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She aims to please her pets and creates the most intricate little habitats with all of life’s essentials (if you’re a spider). Each animal receives their own cardboard box, a bed of leaves and grass, a bowl of water and possibly some chopped carrots.
As the weeks have passed, these little homes are becoming increasingly more elaborate and luxurious. Now they have added extras such as a bouncy ball to play with, a tiny teddy bear to cuddle and a crayon if Mr Spider is feeling creative, but what gives this accommodation the extra star is the swimming pool of course. A spider’s paradise right?
Wrong. This all sound like great fun, but unfortunately, as you and I know, tiny spiders and ladybirds aren’t terribly resilient little creatures. Who would have thought their little legs are not made for being chased, caught, put to bed, let out to play, being plonked into the swimming pool for a nice little swim,
‘You deaded him Eva. Mummy! Eva deaded him!’ said Dylan, her twin brother.
‘I didn’t dead him. He’s just having a little sleep.’
Her final act of kindness is to hide the “sleeping” spider in the grass… so the chickens won’t eat him!
Tomorrow I will take it upon myself to personally lead a lesson on how to handle creatures carefully, so they can avoid being ‘deaded’.
We regret that unfortunately several animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.
This post is by Blogger Olivia Fitzgerald, mummy to gorgeous 4 year-old boy & girl twins, who works from home as a freelance writer. Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, she is now happily settled in rural Tipperary with husband, kids, cats, chickens, a fat Jack Russell, and a Labrador, where she likes to write on her blog Put The Kettle On. You can also follow Olivia on Facebook and Twitter.
Over to you! Does your little girl/boy have a love of all things crawlie?! Let us know below.