And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind."
My granddaughter, Virginia Rose, is fascinated by each and every animal she encounters. She is crazy about dogs and cats (her favorite stuffed toy is a worn-torn kitty she drags everywhere) and loves to pat them. Whenever she sees birds or squirrels, she pursues them but, of course, to no avail. And, she is awed by the occasional deer which visits our yard.
But, Virginia's latest animal obsession is snakes. Ever since we saw the copperhead down by the creek, she wants me to show her photos of snakes on Google Images every time she visits. And, she constantly chatters about snakes to her mom and dad.
On a recent visit, Virginia is especially enamored by cartoons of snakes. This gives her dad, John, an idea. He searches for coloring pages featuring snakes, finding them with no problem. Virginia is delighted!
Here are four, finished and unfinished.
It's obvious that Virginia enjoys us helping her color. "Gammie twy!" she says, handing me a crayon. How can I resist that plea? I do help, but she does some on her own.
It's time to clean the table off and set it for dinner. Virginia would rather keep on coloring.
"Let's go walk on the trail in Gammie's and Papa's woods," John suggests.
"No," she says with a pout.
"We might see a snake. Don't you want to look for snakes?"
John's ploy works! Down from the chair Virginia scrambles and rushes for the back door.
"Snake!" she shouts excitedly.
John and Virginia aren't gone five minutes before they are back at the door.
"Snake, Gammie! Snake! Snake!"
John is visibly shaken. "I didn't think there was a chance in the world we would actually see a snake, but we did! It was a copperhead, all right, coiled up under a rotting log. Believe me, I got Virginia out of there as fast as I could!"
"That's it!" Danny declares. "No one is going on that trail until after the first freeze."
He gets no arguments from us.
But, Virginia wants back on the computer for more photos of her beloved snakes. Maybe, it's time for a trip to the zoo.
Or, to the toy store . . .
Do you have a favorite animal? Please share in the comments section.
Will you join me in prayer?
We thank You, Father, for all the marvelous animals which inhabit Your creation. May we ever be grateful for and respectful of them, knowing that You, Lord God, made them all. Amen.