July 23, 2009

There is Beauty All Around

It has often been said that children find beauty in the unexpected. Yesterday, I took my kids on a hike around a nearby lake. They missed the hummingbird and little fox that ran across the trail right in front of them, but a concentrated search of the shoreline did yield a total of eight rotting fish that they slung over sticks and proposed that we bring home and fry up for dinner.

21 comments

Helen said...

ah...children. The love the gross and icky.

Your blog is great. I stayed up late one night just to read through your posts and my husband was convinced I was having an online affair.

Btw, totally unrelated, but I find the banner ads for attracting "good men" hilarious.

Riahli said...

ha ha! At least they didn't try and eat them right then and there... I have a feeling that is what my two littlest trouble makers would try to do! They may not always eat there dinner, but if it's nasty and you can find it on the ground...it's good in there book.

Long time lurker...thought I'd finally comment...love your posts.

Meagan and John said...

Yes, something about kids, I remember when I was younger I once hand caught fish at the creek next to our house, I was so excited my friend and I took them to my house, we even cleaned them so my mom could cook them for my step dad, who ate them and thanked us, had it not been for my mom (the kill joy) we would have never learned that when you catch fish in a mud hole they taste like mud--my step dad was always such a good sport, and even better actor

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Too Many Hats said...

Eeewwww..what is it they say about seeing the world through a child's eyes? Um...maybe they got it wrong.

Deanna said...

We used to catch moss on sticks and sling them at each other...my mom was thoroughly disgusted every time we came into the house covered in green slime and black creatures...probably slugs. Oh, the joys a being children!

You're a good sport..and a great mom. LOVE reading your blog!

I agree with Helen...

Lissa said...

Be grateful they didn't suggest sushi right then and there. :)

Jo's girl said...

well you can see boring ole' foxes and humming birds anywhere. but rotting fish! now that is something that just doesn't come along very often. plus dead things don't bite, or protest being slung on a stick. i loved finding "live little critters as a kid but it's the dead ones that make it easy for you. kids rock, especially ones that aren't wusses

{Kiki} said...

Beautiful picture. Love the fish on the stick. Great idea to take it home for dinner too. Smart kids. Have a wonderful day and take care.
-Kiki

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Yeah beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the hand of the stickholder or whatever :)

Sarah said...

Yum!

Helen said...

Mmmmm.... Bet that smelled good!

Taylor Clan said...

"Look, a deer!" I exclaim as a deer runs away from the side of the road. They missed it.

"Look! A dead deer!" my kids exclaim as we are driving.

Yup. The gross is just so inviting.

Taylor Clan said...

Thanks to yesterday's post, one of your ads is for Scientology.

Lin said...

Gross but yet very cute.

Rachel said...

I found a dead snail in a ziploc bag in my daughter's nightstand yesterday. And no it wasn't just the shell and I am overreacting. I know it is dead because I put a live snail in a ziploc bag in the garbage last week. SAME BAG SAME SNAIL... she saw me and took it out! Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...

Carmen said...

So glad that was a rotting fish. When I saw the pic my brain immediatly assumed "used condom". So glad you didn't publish a pic of your kid holding a condom:)

Kristine Gray said...

Anything that is gross, icky, bloody, or smelly is what they love.

The genital warts banner ad made me laugh.

Bethany said...

Haha- I love it! Just another way that children see things differently than we do!

Corn said...

They are pure of heart and curiousity. My 6 year old will name the fish that floats on the river so that he can pray to God for it to go to Heaven. Dear God, hope Bob is in Fishy Heaven.

Leona said...

Children often find beauty in the things that society has set as 'un-beautiful'

Which is why children are so fascinating :)

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

leave it to a kid to find the dead fish...my daughter was outside with me today (2 1.2 yrs old) and walked up to me with the BIGGEST 1/2 dead hornet I have ever seen...ag!