With a house of 3 rowdy boys and a very loud, talkative little girl, most days on our country hill are quite exciting. Yesterday was more exciting than typical. First, going back to Christmas, we got John an anthill (like this one) to go along with his school studies. We waited until spring was just around the corner to send off for the ants. Yesterday was their highly anticipated day of arrival. John invited Lydia to trek down to the mailbox with him to check the mail. When he found a manila envelope addressed to John, you could not imagine the commotion. In fact, it took me a few moments to even understand what he was talking about.
I opened the pack and found the ants in what looked like a short test tube. Leaving out some minor details, we got the hill ready for our new friends.
These are red harvester ants which, compared to our local ants, are enormous. Our most common type of ant is only about 2-3 mm in length, whereas these harvester ants are between 5-7 mm. I'd hate for one of these to bite me!
The ants were rather disoriented for a good while, but that didn't damper their curiosity. Almost every single question asked by John from this point forward revolved around the ants. Are they alright? (they were very inactive and confused) Are they dead? How long will they live? Can they be a pet? What can I feed them? When will they start tunneling? And about a billion more.
I'm requiring him to keep a journal on his observations regarding the ants, which he hotly protests. He absolutely loathes writing...even copy work!
I was particularly proud of this on many levels. For one, only two words are misspelled: one is just two letters transposed and the other is "Joshua." It's mostly written in cursive. Plus, he remembered the correct Scripture reference! Anyway, I really love these little notes from Ethan.
Lastly, a playful jab at all my up-north readers. We've had temps of 70-75 all week this week. It is completely beautiful outside. We've been outdoors and had the windows open most of the day. We also turned the garden over yesterday, preparing to plant potatoes!