Miniature Life

We were trying to distract Z with a stray cat in Lahore, but instead she was interested in this ant. I like the angles of the bricks, with the peek-a-boo moss along with the ant trying to escape Z’s close watch.

I’m not sure when it is that we fear insects. I know Z has squeezed a bee (luckily nothing happened) on an outdoor picnic on our deck in her highchair, and tried to feed a ladybug to me saying, “Aap Kao,” meaning “You Eat” in Urdu! Toddlers have such spunk and no fear. I wonder how long it will last?

“Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, ‘O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.’ So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (Quran 27:18-19).


  1. reemy when B.G was at her crawling age i saw her with a finger that was dripping drops of red fresh blood with a large black ant stuck to it and she very interestedly gaping at it on her knees!

  2. The length of insect acceptance is probably up to you. If you are tolerant and not afraid of insects, then your daughter probably will be, too. My husband hates all insects. I take the stance that they are not so bad and are really interesting to observe. Our daughter is somewhere in between our views.

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