We added a pet to our family...for about 14 hours.
Matthew and Gracie found an inch worm crawling by my parent's porch. Within minutes it was living in its own private habitat complete with sticks, leaves and grass, courtesy of Gracie. He was affectionately named Inchy and he was possibly the most loved inch worm in the whole world.
We started feeling a little guilty about his cramped quarters (and that the girls were shaking the jar so much- I'm not sure he would have made it through another Maddie sized earthquake). My Mom told Gracie that Inchy's family was missing him, setting the release in motion.
We got to the park and had a moment with Inchy saying goodbye. Gracie held him in her hand as she scouted every tree looking for the perfect landing spot. She only dropped him 4 or 5 times. I'm so grateful that inchworms are resilient.
\She picked the tree, found just the right branch, set him in and yelled, "now you will become a butterfly!!" He then fell out of the tree and we had to do it all over again. We finally got him stuck onto the trunk and said our final farewells.
We can't ever leave the park until he's shown the girls just how high up he can climb. Every single time, and they're still amazed by it!