I’m not real fond of bugs. I can kill a big spider if I need to, but if there’s another capable party, I’ll watch thank you. Not so for Landon!
Before school in the courtyard, the second graders are pretty much all on an insect hunt! It is obvious they are in the midst of a bug unit. Though we have yet to complete two weeks of school, they are all about the bugs. I find Landon in the courtyard with a HUGE CICADA on his shirt. He is not screaming, not squirming, not chasing other children around with it, not doing most of the things I might expect an average second grade boy to do with a large scary looking bug. Rather, he is calmly putting it on his shirt where others are getting close up to take a good look. If it moves he gently picks it off his shirt and moves it to where he wants it. As he pulls it off his shirt, I’m glad to see those little pinching gripping legs are not pull threads loose on his shirt. I’m also working hard to look very calm and asking him to not let it crawl very far up toward his face, which he seems not to mind in the least. Right after we took these pictures, Landon points up and says, “Look there, a moth!” It was way up on the roof of the awning; yes, he has a clear dose of love of the great outdoors and the Father’s little animals.
He is a Bug Whisperer of sorts. Calm, draws them to himself without hurting them, he enjoys them. I won’t go so far as to say the bugs enjoy him, as I can’t read the enjoyment level of a bug, but they sure are not scared of him, or that thing would have flown, ran, bit or scratched.
There’s pretty much a room full of Bug Whisperers in there. I went in for the photo op this morning and asked who really likes bugs. The hands shot up everywhere, so here’s a few of them in front of the themed bulletin board. Clearly Mrs. Magnuson, too, is a Bug Whisperer. Sister Mary Maximilian collected a few specimens at the Motherhouse for the crew, but she does not get the title of Whisperer, me either. Nevertheless it is beautiful to see the Spirits gifts in others and in His creation appreciated by his children. Well done, Father, Mrs. Magnuson, Landon and the whole lot of you!