The kids gathered up leaves and a few flowers for their new pet, Thumbelina the Katydid. Maya quickly removed the back legs so he couldn't hop away, thus forcing him to be their pet. (This is a trick she learned in Liberia. Apparently kids make pets of hopping creatures all the time in hot Liberia.) I just raised my eyebrows and kept my mouth shut as she told me about the surgery she'd just performed.
After breakfast this morning, the kids ran outside to check on Thumbelina, who was practically right where they left her, handicapped as she was. In the past hour or so, they've played with her, built a house and fort for her, created a mini-swimming pool for her. . .
One katydid = hours of fun! Who knew?