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bugs and little boys

So today we found this somewhat beautiful grasshopper or something on our door. I called Peer over to see it before swishing it away so I could unlock. As soon as it got to the ground, Peer immediately stepped on it and squished it.

I was somewhat alarmed.

Me: Oh no! Peer, you killed it!
Peer: (to the dead carcass with the entrails dangling) oh, I’m sorry little bug!
Me: It’s dead now, Peer.
Peer: but now it can come back to normal!

It was his first real experience with the consequences of his roughness. He was kind of sad about that beautiful little bug. And I was sad about it too. =(

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