In anycase I will present you something that has recently recaptured Inara's imagination:
The snail. No, not this snail in particular. Who even knows where this snail is from. Seriously.
Her primary fascination lies with the garden snail and the park snail (I'm translating from a Swedish identification book so if the names don't jive you can just deal with it). The park snails are about .75 inches in circumference and the garden a bit smaller. Inara will go out and collect literally every snail she can find. People that live in Idaho won't have an understanding for how many this can be, but it is well over 100 snails.
Alba's fascination lies with not really touching the snails but wanting to be a part of what Inara is so excited about. She has become a snail spotter. She will stand and scream "dar dar" at the snails until either Inara or I pick them up.
Maria's fascination lies with having nothing to do with snail/slugs/worms. She is conflicted and tries to pretend she wants to help. Maria is terrible help since she refuses to pick up or even properly guard the snail bucket(s). When the snails make a break for it she will just stand there and scream "dar dar" until Inara and I come and hussle the snails back into the bucket. Inara gave Maria a handful of flowers to hold that she'd mixed in a snail, because you see the flowers were for the snail to eat. Maria's response was predicable and the poor snail got more air time than any snail deserves.
At this point every snail has been collected a few dozen times an then released. And by released I mean dumped in a pile on the playground and forces to 'race' to the bush. I can honestly say it is about the slowest race I've seen. It is nearly as boring as Nascar or golf. Its almost like they don't even know they are racing.
The prize is generally a handful of grass dumped on them, so I can't see why that wouldn't motivate them. Most do eventually finish unaided however.
Oh interesting fact, slugs always crawl with the wind because it helps them dry out slower. Keep that one handy for Jeopardy.
Anyhow. I leave with you with these images and video.
|Notice the 'winner' nearing the finish line. This snail was rewarded with a handful of rotting leaves.|