When we were at the beach we found a small hermit crab walking along the beach. I hurriedly picked it up and showed Yohan.
Yohan: "Mom, let me see! Let me see! What is it?"
Me: "This is a small hermit crab just like the ones you saw on TV. "
Yohan: "It's so cute! Let me get my pail..."
Yohan hurriedly got his empty pail and filled it halfway with sand. I placed the hermit crab inside so Yohan could observe it. He lost interest in making sandcastles and spent a lot of time looking at the little hermit crab in his bucket.
When it was time to go back, he asked ...
Yohan: "Can I bring it home? I want him to be my pet. I'll put it in the aquarium."
Me: "Sorry, you can't bring it home. It might die. Besides, you can't put it in our aquarium because it needs salt water."
Yohan: "That's easy. I'll get some salt water from the sea and bring it home."
He seemed to have a counter remark to every reason I give him so I decided to tell him a real story...
Me: "You know when I was young, I went to a beach where I saw a lot of small hermit crabs. I brought around 10 of them home. I placed the hermit crabs inside a big jar with salt water and sand I got from the beach. The hermit crabs lived for a few days but they slowly died one by one. I felt very sad when that happened."
Yohan was quiet.
Me: "Do you want that to happen to your hermit crab?"
Yohan: "No, mom. I want it to live. Can you help me free the hermit crab?"
Yohan and I walked away from the crowded area and found a clear spot where we put down the hermit crab. We watched as the tide came and the hermit crab was gone. Yohan looked a little sad so I immediately kissed him and told him...
Me: "I'm so proud of you!"
Feathers in Distress
A Butterfly's Journey
A Butterfly's Journey Part 2