Sunday, February 5, 2017

Children and pets

We recently moved to a larger home, outside of Granada, with a huge yard and a nice sized pool. Since we now have adequate space, we've decided to surprise the girls with newly hatched chicks and baby bunnies. The girls were so patient in our efforts for getting a bigger home that we wanted to give them something special. Seeing the unbridled joy of our daughters and their friends reminded me how special the bond is between children and pets.
   Within moments, the chicks and bunnies all had names based on the the kids' first impressions and what human emotions they read into each of the animals. The loner bunny looked sad, the chick in the middle of the clutch looked happy, and so on. The ease at which children radiate their love on to others is a lesson many adults could use. The impracticality of owning bunnies and chicks is eclipsed by life's lessons of interconnectedness, nurturing, and ultimately life's impermanence. As our children develop their own views of the world, it is important for us "old fogey" parents, to provide, step back, and watch from a distance, in that order. After all, the greatest gift we can give our kids is believing in them.  

Sierra could not hide her excitement.

Olivia thought this was the coolest idea.

Zoe was overcome with emotions knowing she had chicks that were hers.

The chicken queen taking care of her brood.
The chicken whisperer.

The bunnies are very soft and furry 

Each of the girls got their own bunny to love and care for.

The kids formed a circle to watch the bunnies play.

Everybody was happy!

1 comment:

  1. This is so sweet! So happy they got some sweet little animals to care for and to see them with their friends! Glad y'all are doing so well. Say hi to the girls from Natalya and Ciela!!