This picture was taken in my back yard and if you cannot tell it is a picture of my daughter using a magnifying glass to look at a GIANT MONSTER CICADA. At least that is what *I* thought she was looking at. To my daughter it was a new buddy.
She found him on our back steps and was sitting on the other side of the backyard when I noticed she was really quiet. I asked her what she had in her hand and she said, “A bug…aww but he's BROKEN!” I was really startled to see her holding such a large bug. Luckily it was dead (broken!) but still I was really surprised to see her holding it so fearlessly, as if it was an ordinary thing. I realized in that moment that I really needed to do my best not to alarm her, or show my own (irrational) fear of bugs. She doesn't need to be afraid of bugs and as long as she's not right now, I shouldn't do anything to encourage a fear. In fact, I needed to learn from her and try to not be afraid myself. It was dead anyhow, it wouldn't hurt to touch him now!
It was so sweet to hear her talking to him and taking such care of him. I'm glad she wasn't afraid of him. I can't say for sure that either of us would be so calm if we encounter a live one but it is a memory I will cherish- and a lesson I hope to remember!
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