Today, my older son had a chance to visit with a friend that he hasn't seen in a long time. After some initial shyness, the two friends scampered happily through the backyard, playing chase and hide-and-seek. At one point, my husband found them standing stock still near the flower bed, examining something with interest.
"They've found a snail," he reported.
I looked out of the window to find the two deep in study, intently discussing the snail and pointing at its slime trail. It occured to me that if I had simply shown this little animal to them, they wouldn't have found it nearly so interesting.
P.S. Thanks, Mom & Dad. We had a great time!