“It happened! Everybody! Come on! IT FINALLY HAPPENED!!!”
The tomato horn worm the girls found in the garden this summer had finally become a moth.
We’d been harboring its chrysalis for ages.
Though we’ve witnessed the miracle of metamorphosis before, there was something about this experience that was extraordinary to the girls. Maybe it was the fact that they found the caterpillar themselves in our garden. Or maybe it was doing the research – which turned up this unforgettable life cycle video – to figure out what exactly they’d found. Maybe it was the return to school that had their minds ripe. Whatever it was, the atmosphere around the breakfast table was electric.
“Can I take it to school and show my class?!” Julia asked, bouncing on her toes.
“Hrm. I think it’s best to ask before you take a live animal to school.”
“But, you could take the empty chrysalis!”
“Hey, I want to take the chrysalis to show my teacher!” Lucy chimed in.
“Okay, Lucy you take the chrysalis,” Julia said, “I’m going to use the scientific method to outline all this and show my teacher! First, you ask a question…Mom! Do we have a picture from when he was a worm? Can I use your camera?”
There was a flurry of picture snapping, uploading, searching, printing, and a whole lot of furious jotting.
“Mom! MOM! Remember how he had spots on his belly when he was a worm? Look at his underside now! THERE ARE STILL SPOTS!”
I kept reminding them about breakfast, but their tummies had taken a backseat to their brains.
“OH MY GOSH HE JUST POOPED!!!”
The drive to school was swift as Lucy held tight to the plastic container holding the chrysalis and Julia practically vibrated in her seat with excitement over showing her science teacher how she’d applied what she’d learned in class to our real life experience.
It was suggested that we should celebrate the life of the moth tonight with the consumption of cupcakes, and then, with great fanfare, release him into the wild. So, I’m throwing an impromptu moth party. What does your Friday night look like?