Toad catching is one of our favorite East Coast activities during the warm season; it’s almost as if summer doesn’t officially begin until we’ve bagged our first amphibian. Lucky for us, they are frequent visitors to our yard and not terribly difficult to get your hands on.
As a parent, it’s fascinating to watch my children’s maturity show in even the smallest life happenings. Last summer, when I caught the first toad my kids had ever seen, Songbird would only allow it to sit on her lap and Bug squealed every time it moved.
Not this year.
She is my brave one. Wild at heart and full of adventure. This year she picked that toad right up without flinching, looked him square in the face and studied all his details.
He is my cautious one. Wary of new things and careful to a fault. But, seeing Songbird hold the toad gave Bug the confidence to gently pet it’s head, no squealing involved.
My kids are growing up, in both big ways and small ways. I’m so thankful for summer and the opportunity to enjoy who my kids are right now. Cheers to warm weather adventures with my most favorite people in the world!