Some people like to explore ideas, concepts or the world through touching, watching and doing. Some people like to explore the world through the written word and others still by listening to others. Most people tend to lean towards a combination of ways to explore and understand things.
And then, well then there is the four-footed one’s approach to exploring the world. She is a watcher and a doer, but mostly she explores through the sense of touch. And by touch I mean using her tongue. I’m pretty certain the world, to her, is divided into two camps: food and not food.
The way to know if something is food or not is to touch it. With at least your tongue. But it’s even better if you can get the whole thing in your mouth, give it a feel and a small chew. All in the name of exploration of course. And so leaves, paper, thread and dirt have all been explored this way. As has grass, bark and rocks.
Now she’s moved onto other items: dozing wasps and bees, beetles and slugs. And now spiders. So far only spiders are clearly in the food category. A delicacy even based on her desire to continue to eat them and actively search them out. I might even go far enough as to say they are the most desirous thing in her diet right now and it’s not for lack of me providing her food.
Now if I could only teach her that the whole world doesn’t need to be explored so vigorously.