“Never try to catch two frogs with one hand” – Chinese proverb
Those of us who were blessed enough to grow up in a place with fields, woods, and even streams remember the simpler days of summertime when we were kids. Chasing tadpoles in a little brook, catching fireflies in a jar, even bounding madly after a particularly energetic frog were all favorite pastimes.
The times have changed, of course–we live in a technological world, and our children are the natives now. They live and breathe technology and computers in a way we once breathed the outdoors on a summer day.
My youngest daughter was today happily learning how to push a lawn mower behind her dad, just like I learned with my Dad when I was little. And as they mowed, they came across a frog who, with a mighty leap, barely missed being mowed over like so many weeds.
We now have, if not a “pet”, at least a visitor to the family. She knows we shouldn’t keep him–frogs are not happy kept inside, even in the nicest of aquariums. Even at this moment, she’s proclaiming, “Dad, he doesn’t look very happy!”
However, even when “Hoppy” returns to his home in nature, we will continue to be on the lookout for frogs, and fireflies, and the occasional snake.
Because that’s still what brings excitement and wonder to summertime.