I have noticed, lately, that I look at things very differently. Now, with each new year, phase and current fad I see every day things through my son’s eyes. A jar is no longer an empty piece of trash. It has miraculously become a new home for a lizard or a frog. With a few holes in the lid/roof it is the perfect domicile for anything a 7 year old boy can catch. It amazes me what wonderful things are in our backyard. All I have to do is watch with Isaiah.
We have pets … two dogs, two crested geckos and 1 bird. We have, in the past, had a tarantula, snakes and even a scorpion. The weird and wonderful world of boys is one of the most amazing journeys I am experiencing! I really liked having all these different pets. These kinds of pets are a great education for Isaiah. He learns about how different animals behave, thrive and how to take care of each one. He gets the most activity, of course, playing with the dog. We have an Akita, who loves playing tug of war, ball or just chasing Isaiah around the house. Our other dog just watches the two of them disapprovingly (she is 14 years old).
The geckos are fascinating to him, especially when they go on the hunt for a cricket. He is experiencing the Discovery Channel in his own home. I cannot deny him this truly amazing experience. I have overcome a few cringes in having these pets. I am not afraid of spiders or snakes or any other creepy crawly. I have respect for these creatures, as does Isaiah. This is science in its purest form.
All hail the seven-year old boy and his amazing, wonderfully weird and totally cool world!