We have this thing for wildlife around here. And by ‘thing for wildlife’ I mean wildlife has a thing for entering our very clearly defined territory. Never mind that we live in a rather urban neighborhood, we’ve had:
and now a vole on our front steps.
Friends and readers (who are friends I just haven’t met yet)? Meet Mousey, the vole (as christened by OBoy):
Mousey says “O haaaaai friends and readers!”
Probably because I had spent a good portion of last week reading the handful of books I checked out from the library about homeschooling, we took this learning opportunity with OBoy and ran with it. We looked up pictures, listed characteristics of different species of voles and had OBoy check to see if Mousey had them (hairy tail? Check! It’s a prairie vole!). We learned that voles like nuts and seeds so we put some of each in with him, but the ordeal of being plunked down into an orange 5 gallon bucket seemed to have spoiled Mousey’s appetite.
Or maybe it was the 3 year old who inadvertently kept making his entire world shake.
Mousey didn’t take to our offerings, but the whole experience was a fun, educational one for our family. Maybe God keeps dropping these creatures in our laps (but not literally in our laps because O MERCY wouldn’t that be awful?) as a way of saying ‘Hey, if you want to homeschool, I am all up in that with provision of teachable moments.’*
Despite DanO’s inclination, we did right by Mousey the vole and took him over to a lake to let him go. Why a lake, you ask? Well, a kind man with animal control once taught me (over the phone when I asked what the crap to do with the squirrel in a dog crate in my living room) that the best way to release a land-dwelling wild animal that has nested where it ought not is to bring it to the other side of a body of water. That way it is unlikely that the animal will be able to track its way home.
See? Isn’t all of life just a grand learning adventure?
*An official statement regarding our schooling decision: We haven’t made one. I am exploring all of my options and being that OBoy is a little over 3 years old, I feel like I have the time to do so. That said, homeschooling is absolutely one of our options and private school ($$$) is absolutely not. So.
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