I’ve never liked bugs.
I wouldn’t say I’m ‘scared to death’ or anything by them, (except for one time in Panama City, Panama when a hissing cockroach turned flight to fight. The thing was the size of a baby’s shoe…and had eight girls running for their lives. Terrifying.) but I don’t have any interest in bugs.
A few months ago, I was teaching one of my beginner English classes about pets. After getting through the basics…(rabbit, cat, dog, hamster, fish) I asked them about what pets they had at home.
One little boy piped up that he had a _____(korean word ?). Having NO idea what that was, I spent the next 15 minutes of class trying to figure it out. Finally in pure desperation, I had him draw a picture.
One thing about little Korean students that you should know is that they’re drawing is always perfect. I was very surprised when he drew a rather large beetle with a full-sized horn. I couldn’t help but exclaim, “That’s your pet?”
He responded proudly, “Yes.” He went on to tell me its’ name and age. I was blown away that a kid would have a bug as a pet. And he loved it.
A few weeks later I was strolling through the pets section at the local Home Plus (basically a Walmart on crack), and noticed that they not only had beetles for sale, they also had grubs!
If you know, I’d love for you to share your knowledge!
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