Saturday, May 31, 2008

When sugar and spice meet snips and snails

Today we helped my parents weed in their yard, as it was a beautiful day and it needed doing. My mom bought the girls their own little gardening gloves and they were excited to help (at first). Then they found the snails.

Now, I don't like snails. I find them pretty gross and slimy. They are interesting, but I would prefer to look at pictures of them rather than in real life. I was actually shocked to see how many snails were in the yard, because I don't remember them ever being there when I was growing up. Then again, I didn't look for them, either.

Anyway, I was pretty surprised at the reaction my girls had to the snails.

First, they gawked:

(Here is a close up of what they were gawking at):
Then, they started picking them up and talking to them.
(Here is a close up of Chloe's snails):
And then, they began to place them all in their little snail houses, telling them that they would take care of them. Of course, all of the interaction was done in baby talk. So very nurturing. Here is Bria putting a snail into its house:
(And, of course, the obligatory close up):
I don't really know how boys react to snails, but I'm pretty sure they don't act like they are their baby dolls. In the end, they didn't get nearly as much weeding done as we had hoped, but they definitely mothered (and probably scared to death) an awful lot of snails.

And just in case you're wondering, I absolutely forbade kissing them. Yuck!!!

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Giggle, giggle... they are so cute! At least they're respecting God's creatures, huh? Last summer, my girls and I would have slug smashing sessions - we kept finding them in our lettuce, which was really gross. Snails ARE marginally better than slugs, don't you think? The shell is somewhat redeeming.

    P.S. We're praying for Joel here. Good luck!

  2. HEHEHE I am with you Lara. I think snails are just gross! Thats funny that they were mothering them. Take care

  3. I guess they are not girly girls as Angela calls it. I am surprised that they didn't mind them. Cute pictures.

  4. My kids adore snails. They put them into my canning jars... with a little water at the bottom. They spear fruit with a fork and stick it in the jar. We've had some live for MONTHS.

  5. Those are such pretty pictures!!!!

  6. My kids did the same thing. I think it is so funny.

  7. What happens with boys? They end up dead within a matter of a few minutes, or at least they do at our house, and the same is true for lizards, grasshoppers, small snakes and anything else they are fast enough to catch.

  8. That's HILARIOUS.
    My kids always want to kill them.
    I think their fairly disgusting.
    I don't think I ever saw a snail growing up in UT.
    How funny.
    Lots here though!

  9. HAHA! I had to laugh at this and I loved it. Just so you know... Daxton takes care of snails like they are his babies!! He talks to them and plays with them, etc... We have had a lot of snails! Perfect pictures.

  10. My number two little girl is fascinated with all things creepy and crawly. These are great shots!

  11. EW GROSS!!! I HATE snails. That close up of the two snails about made me sick!! On the up side, your girls are definitely cute and creative. I don't know that many would decide to mother them. I think mine would run for their lives.