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Bug on a Bicycle

August 12, 2008

This is a photo of an interesting bug that we saw on my daughter’s bicycle in my parents’ driveway on Sunday. Someone should write a short story about the bug’s bicycling adventures. I will ask my daughter if she wants to dictate such a story to me. My mom used to help me write stories when I was four years old, and she kept the little books that we made together.

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bug on a bicycle

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what is this insect?

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  1. August 12, 2008 4:20 pm

    She didn’t get all girly and squealy and run away? That’s cool. My oldest would have freaked out; my youngest would have come in for a closer look…

  2. August 12, 2008 4:46 pm

    Wow! What is that? An ant? That’s a great image.

    i wrote stories for both of my girls, and now they write stories, poems, notes about anything that interests them. With the girls, i’d write out their stories and have them draw pictures. We bound the pages with yarn and BAM! A book. We’d read them over and over. i still have all their books. It is a fun and clandestine way to teach analytical skills, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and cohesiveness, inspire creativity and foster confidence. The girls would give me a sentence and i’d ask them questions: why, what next, where and so on.

    After a while, each would read the books on their own.

    The best part, though, is hearing their view, voice, perspective and imagination at work. It is wondrous, what children come up with!

  3. August 12, 2008 5:10 pm

    Mrs Chili, they follow my lead at this stage. She said, “there’s something strange on my bike,” and backed away from it. But then I took a picture of it and told her I thought it was interesting. We brushed it off so that she could ride her bike and it wasn’t a big deal. But, you are right, her first impulse is to squeal at bugs.

    c, it may be a kind of ant, but its antennae were a lot longer. I’m going to add another image of it and see if anyone knows what it is. I love the books that my mom and I made together. My four year old ideas and the plot lines I came up with make me laugh and cry at the same time. It is wondrous, you are so right. I want my children to have that too.

  4. August 12, 2008 7:10 pm

    I wonder what the bug is. I have lots of stories my kid’s wrote when they were little. My daughter and I made a wonderful scrapbook for the wasband of mementos from the kids. We put in stories they had written and school papers and photos and gave it to him about 8 or nine years ago. The dumbass lost it. I feel bad for him though because he feels so bad that he somehow lost it. But I still have lots of stuff by them and I am keeping it. If he wants to look at it he can but it doesn’t leave the house.

  5. August 13, 2008 6:59 am

    WOW! That is an interesting bug! It looks like it can talk-lol!

  6. August 13, 2008 9:50 am

    Joan, oh how sad. To lose such a scrapbook really is a dumbass move. My mom is going to look in a book of insects to see if she can tell what it is.

    Mercedes, yes, it has quite a personality. I thought it looked like it had something to say as well!

  7. August 13, 2008 12:28 pm

    Yes! It’s like that bug in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth! or was that a fairy? Hmmmmm.

  8. crabbykate permalink
    August 13, 2008 1:44 pm

    My 5 year old and I do stories together too, and recently started making our own books for her to keep. I love it – and it’s a been a great cottage activity this summer.

    (thanks for coming over to visit my site, btw!)

  9. August 15, 2008 4:46 am

    I love taking photos of bugs, I’ve got shots of bumblebees, honey bees, a wasp eating another wasp, ladybugs… even a preying mantis that landed on my chest, but I think maybe I’d skip yours. I believe that particular bugs story would start something like “Today I found transportation… phase one is complete.”

  10. August 15, 2008 12:28 pm

    Curious C, I don’t know since I haven’t seen that movie.

    Kate, thanks for returning the visit! That’s awesome that you and your daughter make books together.

    Gabriel, hi! I love your take on what the bug would say. He does look very alien with those eyes and the exoskeleton armor.

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