Let’s Go Bug Hunting More Often

Let’s Go Bug Hunting More Often

From A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Let’s Go Bug Hunting More Often

Kids spell love T-I-M-E.

John Crudele

One fall afternoon I rushed home from the university where I taught. I prepared a hasty dinner, threatened my nine-year-old daughter, Christi, to hurry and finish her homework “or else,” and properly reprimanded Del, my husband, for leaving his dusty shoes on the good carpet. I then frantically vacuumed the entryway because a group of prestigious ladies were coming by to pick up some good used clothing for a worthwhile cause; and then later a graduate student would be at our house to work on a very important thesis—one that I was certain would make a sound contribution to research.

As I paused to catch my breath, I heard Christi talking with a friend on the telephone. Her comments went something like this: “Mom is cleaning house—some ladies we don’t even know are coming by to pick up some old worn-out clothes . . . and a college student is coming out to work on a thesis . . . no, I don’t know what a thesis is . . . I just know Mom isn’t doing anything important . . . and she won’t go bug hunting with me.”

Before Christi had hung up the phone, I had put on my jeans and old tennis shoes, persuaded Del to do likewise, pinned a note to the door telling the graduate student I’d be back soon, and set the box of used clothing on the front porch with a note on it that Del, Christi and I had gone bug hunting.

Barbara Chesser, Ph.D.

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