Amie and I had just read a book about snails when lo and behold! One showed up on our doorstep, literally.

Snail June 2008 (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

That’s our doorstep.

Amie was enthralled. We talked about how it carries its house on its back, leaves a trail of mucus, can crawl up vertical surfaces and upside down (try explaining “suction” to an almost-three-year-old!). We checked out the movable and fully retractable tentacles: the two long ones on top ending in the eyes, and the two smaller, lower ones being the snail’s nose. Amie found that very funny and told me I was being silly.

We’ve always taught her not to approach or touch wild animals, but I allowed her to gently touch the snail’s shell. “If you want to touch a wild animal, always ask Mama first!” I guess we’ll have to specify that rule at some point.

Amie and snail, June 2008 (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

Amie patting snail, June 2008 (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

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