Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

On a recent trip to the Field Museum, The Seven-Year-Old and I wandered into a tiny room downstairs that looks deceptively like a pleasant little reading nook. There’s a desk, a wall of butterflies, a collection of bugs trapped in amber, and this:

Some of the beetles in the Field Museum's collection. Small child provided for scale. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Some of the beetles in the Field Museum’s collection. Small child provided for scale. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Rat-sized beetles. The Seven-Year-Old was absolutely fascinated by them. I had to retreat to a far corner of the room to wait while she studied every feature.

I’ll be glad when the bug phase is done. Judging by the amount of unconscious scratching The Seven-Year-Old did while examining the Field Museum’s unconscionably enormous collection of stag beetles, she’s conflicted too.

“Goliath beetles, Mommyo, and they’re perfectly harmless. They drink nectar. Like bees,” The Seven-Year-Old said.

Yeah, harmless. If you ignore the thousands of people who have died of heart attacks after finding one of those dudes in their garden.

When the small child ran screaming from the room, I told The Seven-Year-Old it was time for us to go too.

Oh, look, there’s Sue.

Are you going to need that costume later? My mom would like to borrow it for Halloween. (Photo: Shala Howell)

“Are you going to need that costume later? My Mommyo wants to borrow it for Halloween.” (Photo: Shala Howell)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

  1. Pingback: Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old tours Jurassic World at the Field Museum | CATERPICKLES

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