Worms Have Bums

Posted on October 14, 2008 - Filed Under Kids |

Today, while hiking back from the bathroom, I came across a rather long earthworm that was creeping across the path. So, I called Dorian over to check it out. He crouched down and examined it for a second. Then he told me he would get his construction machine to run it over with, demonstrating with his hand and noises that he would squish the poor critter flat. I suggested we let the worm live and explained that it doesn`t bite and isn`t yucky, it`s interesting.

We watched the earthworm for a while and I passed out little tidbits of wisdom. “Worms eat dirt. See the blood vein there in his back? Earthworms live under the dirt and they make little tunnels. He looks like he`s having trouble moving his bum, doesn`t he?”

After a bit, Dorian yelled for Irving and Dante to come see his worm. Irving took one look and said, “Ew, yucky!” Dorian whirled around and yelled, “NO! NOT YUCKY! INTERESTING.”

He eagerly pointed it out to his papa. “Look, Papa. It has NO legs. And NO eyes. It does have a bum.” I think we covered worm biology quite nicely. ;)


4 Responses to “Worms Have Bums”

  1. Christine on October 14th, 2008 3:09 pm

    LOL. We call it a bottom here.

  2. connie on October 14th, 2008 3:26 pm

    I think it is great to teach kids to appreciate even the littlest bits of the nature around us. I am very proud when I hear my children passing on that knowledge to other kids - don’t pull leave off of plants, don’t hurt bugs that are outside the house, do not waste water, etc. Little kids are fully capable of learning… they may need simpler words and concepts, but they listen and retain. Hooray for you for teaching your children to respect and appreciate life, and for saving that worm… and his little bum too!

  3. connie on October 14th, 2008 5:10 pm

    btw - I love your blog and nominated you for a blog award :-)

  4. dennisthevizsla on October 15th, 2008 7:37 am

    LOL, too cute! One time my wife and I were riding our bikes along a nearby trail and we passed a family where the little boy was off his bike examining a fuzzy caterpillar. As we passed he loudly declared, “It’s some sort of kweatchah!”

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