Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Nature versus Nurture

I experienced startling example of nature versus nature today...

Little Miss had been out in the garden with her father. She came in to me in the kitchen holding a very long and very muddy earthworm in her hand. She held it out to me saying: "Look, Mummy, it won't hurt you..."

and I reacted like this:


Her face fell a mile. Suddenly, she wanted to get rid of this creature and dropped it on the floor in disgust. Instantly, she had gone from a little girl proud of the marvellous discovery she had just made to a little girl frightened and repulsed by this harmless creature.

And I haven't stopped feeling guilty since.

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