Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All Creatures Great and Small

Trying to think of a title for this post, I tossed around "Bigger isn't always better" or "Size Matters" but since the subject, tangentially, is my daughter, those seemed inappropriate. Then "All Creatures Great and Small" popped into my head and it seemed perfect. But I wondered if it was from the bible. Wikipedia tells me it's from the hymn, "All Things Bright and Beautiful."

1. All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
2. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
All things bright ...
3. The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.
All things bright ...
4. The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−
All things bright ...
5. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:
All things bright ...
6. The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−
All things bright ...
7. He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
All things bright ...

If you took the god part out, I think this is mostly a lovely song celebrating life. Of course, many folks don't like to sing verse three outloud. Funny how the god of the people who wrote this song would put this idea in their heads. Perhaps this god got his ideas on frequent hunting trips with Cheney.

Anyway, it was not my intention to talk about religion here. It's my opinion that this patriarchal religion, in its many forms, has contaminated much of our planet. But that's just my opinion.

The story of this post (whew!), is that my 8yo daughter loves slugs. The smaller slug in the picture above is her pet. She caught him a few weeks ago, after she decided to do her science project on slugs. The Science Fair was last Thursday.

Sisters at the Fair

Her plan had been to let the slug go after its debut at the Fair. Of course, when the time came, she couldn't part with "Swuggie." The slug seems to be happy in the habitat she created for it. She takes it out and lets it crawl around several times a day.

So yesterday afternoon, as they were enjoying the gorgeous Spring day, she and her sister found that other, much larger slug in the top picture. I thought for sure that this one would become her new pet. But no. She let the big one go back where she'd found it, and tucked Swuggie in for the night.

Bright and beautiful.


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