THE LOVE OF BUT - TER- FWIES
At a butterfly conservatory
Can you see the orange butterfly on the flower?
Gabe thought for a long time about whether or not he wanted to have a butterfly rest on his finger. The people there would paint one finger of each child with orange Gator-ade to attract them. We decided against putting something sticky on his finger. I wasn't sure if Gabe would like that feeling (He does not like the stickiness of bandaides.) When we almost got one to rest on his finger, he pulled away at the last minute. But, by the time we left, he was happy watching the butterflies with his finger pointing outward as a possible safe place to land.
One orange butterfly thought Gabe's head was much better than a finger.
SD started Gabe's experience at the aquarium by telling him about the cool sharks. He was so excited. So much so, that he briefly admired the other fish and kept walking through the octopus, turtles, rays and jellies. "See sharks!" he smiled. We eventually had to have a sucker break just so everyone could catch up and we wouldn't be leaving after only being there an hour. The sharks were at the very end. These sharks Gabe loved and we managed to get him to pet one. He really had a love/ hate relationship with them. I think they scared him, but he was also so drawn to them.
SD showed Gabe how to hook the "noodle" up to the blower in the pool. "Fire! Fire!" he shouted. We said he looked like a firefighter with a hose. He loved watching the water squirt from it.
Sometimes too much...oops!