Snow Fleas and Curiosity
"Hey guys! Hold on! Look here! See all these black dots in the snow? Touch one with your pole and watch what happens."
"Wow! They moved. I thought it was dirt. What are they?"
"They're snow fleas."
"What? Snow fleas?"
"Where did they come from? How do they stay alive?"
"I'm not sure but let's google it when we get home."
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When the children were little we fostered this curiosity anytime we explored the outdoors through camping trips or hiking excursions. Oftentimes I would bringing along a guide book as a resource. Sometimes we would be brave and ask questions of the ranger or other guide near by - much to the chagrin of our children I might add! We visited museums and reveled in Sunday adventures to new places nearby. Asking questions and wondering was part of who we were as a family, and it was what we all loved to do!
Hearing this conversation from my "30-something" children made my heart sing. Curiosity and questioning is still alive and valued. We did our job, the values were instilled. It gives me hope because I want the same value instilled in my grandchildren. Looks like they are in good hands after hearing this conversation.
By the way kids, we never took the time to google the snow flea information. Maybe just being curious and asking questions is good enough. We don't always have to have or know all the answers!
But in case you do want to know: read here to learn more about snow fleas.
Note: They aren't really fleas, they just jump like fleas!