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  •  Part of the balance. (2+ / 0-)
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    foresterbob, edrie

    As you wrote, all kinds of snakes perform necessary functions.  I'd have done the same, even if it had been poisonous (with said precautions in that case, of course).  

    How do people develop irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and such?  A spider in my classroom is an opportunity to show kids that I am not afraid, nor do they need to be. A wasp gives me a chance to allow observation and teach not to make sudden moves. These creatures are not our enemies.

    Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

    by marykmusic on Sun May 26, 2013 at 06:14:53 AM PDT

    •  you are, indeed, a "teacher" - that is so much (0+ / 0-)

      more than about testing.

      wasps, bees - i'm constantly having people stop flailing around and just stand still.  folks still freak out when a bee lands on me and i just stand and watch the little guy.

      but, then, as a toddler, i used to scare the bejeebus out of adults cuz i'd waddle over with clenched little fists and open them in the face of the nearest adult exclaiming "LOOK"!! and i'd release a handful of honey bees.  i considered them my friends and i never got stung picking them up off the flowers and carrying them around.

      i did this until a black and yellow catepiller bit me - i thought it was a bee and remember clearly throwing it down, feelings hurt and running to my mom.  she tried to explain to me that it wasn't a bee, but a different bug, but i would have none of it.  i couldn't understand why my friend hurt me.

      one of the first lessons in life for me - not all things are worthy of blind trust.

      today, i still will let bees walk over me but i don't push my luck by grabbing a handful of them and wandering around with clenched fist.  

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:31:42 AM PDT

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