All Creatures Great and Small, Except Slugs

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.

-Cecil F. Alexander, 1848.

I am generally okay with most creatures great and small, except for three small things, roaches, rodents and slugs. But, Diego loves all creatures great and small, especially slugs.  Diego once picked up a slug and excitedly let it crawl on his forearm. He held it out to me and told me, “Here, Mommy, if you let it crawl on you it tickles and leaves a shiny mark!” No thanks.  I first wrote about Diego’s love of slugs here, my first blog post ever.

Diego loves to explore the wilds of our backyard and capture animals and insects. He has a fascination with these creatures, as I suspect most boys do.  In fact, I am sure as most boys do. My other son, 12 year-old Nico’s pet…

Spike the Bearded Dragon.

Spike, perched on my shoulder.

See? I really am okay with most creatures great and small.

So, it does not  surprise me or creep me out when Diego occasionally asks for a jar or a box of some kind to house his roly-poly pets, insects, or whatever. It does, however, creep me out when he asks for a jar to house his pet slug.  He did this the other day, while I was in the middle of making dinner,  otherwise known as throwing food on the table for the kids to inhale.  I absent-mindedly gave him a clean glass jar without a lid. I told him we could punch holes in foil and use it as a cover. I did not see what he did next,  but I have since learned that he promptly placed “Sluggy” in the jar, without foil, and put it in our TV cabinet in the family room.

The next day I got a phone call while I was at work. It was our babysitter, Marian Poppins.

MP: Hi Diana. Have you seen Diego’s pet slug?

Me: What? What pet slug?

MP:  The one he said he put in the jar you gave him. He said he  put the jar and the slug inside the TV cabinet.

Me: Oh. My. God. I didn’t know he was going to put a slug in that jar, and I certainly did not know he would bring it in the house. Please find it!

MP: Okay, we’ll look for it.

Later, I checked in with her and asked if she found the slug. She replied that they looked all over and could not find him, or her. (Do slugs have a gender?)

I have not walked barefoot in my house since.

8 Responses to All Creatures Great and Small, Except Slugs
  1. accidentalstepmom
    July 13, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Oh my. Escapee slug, not good! When we first moved into our house, #5 occupied himself many evenings by catching slugs on the retaining wall. To my knowledge, they stayed outside.

    • lifewellblended
      July 13, 2011 | 10:09 pm

      I really don’t get the appeal of slugs. It must be a “boy thing.”

  2. Jess Carbajal
    July 13, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    Diana it is so touching to know that my grandson Diego loves all of God’s creatures.. What a joy.. And Diana do not worry slugs don’t eat much.. I do not think they have any bones, if you step on it, her, him??
    Dad

  3. Trying a Triathlon
    July 13, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Slugs are definitely not one of my favorites and I would not want one in my house. When my oldest was younger, he collected spiders in jars!! There was an absolute rule that was filled with threats that stated under no circumstances was a jar filled with spiders ever, ever allowed to enter the house. Good luck finding the slug!

    • lifewellblended
      July 13, 2011 | 10:08 pm

      Thanks Amy. Although no luck yet in finding it. I think (hope) it’s shriveled up and become a lot like a rock that was swept up in the vacum cleaner. BTW, good luck on your triathalon training. I wish I had that kind of motivation and dedication. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Trying a Triathlon
    July 14, 2011 | 10:17 am

    I believe you could do a tri. I’m having the most fun, and it’s the most doable thing I’ve done in years. Love reading your blog!

  5. ionebeck
    July 16, 2011 | 10:17 pm

    i like your post

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