May 17, 2016 9:27am CST
Did you ever catch a tadpole? Did you raise it to be a frog? This is a free image that shows the life cycle of the frog, from egg on through all stages of tadpole. Seeing the water run off by the road yesterday took me back to being a kid. At church there was a ditch that was perfect to find tadpoles in the spring and summer. Mom would make us let them go. One year, though, my back fence neighbor had us baby sit her tadpole while she went on vacation. We got to see the transformation into the frog. The little frog happily moved into our garden when the change was complete. I do not know of any kids, even my own, who are adults that ever did this. Oh, sure, the teachers might order some tadpoles in a kit for the classroom, but it just is not the same. It is no wonder we have lost touch with nature. There is nothing like a muddy mucky ditch filled with tadpoles and crawdads.
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• Marion, Kansas
@JudyEv The schools try, or at least they did when my kids were there. I remember them looking at water in a microscope and I worked with a class where the teacher ordered crawdads (crayfish).The students handled them, learned their anatomy, named them and when the year was over they went home to the creek by the teacher's house.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
Oh the memories that provokes. I remember lying on my stomach looking into the ditch where there was a little bit of water and I could see all those tadpole's swimming around. I didn't take any though or watch them transform, that's totally awesome. I agree, the days of Dennis the Menace with a grubby face or Opey with his fishing pole seem to be long gone. Kids just don't know how to have fun anymore.
• Marion, Kansas
Over the years I "collected" many things and was encouraged to let them go. I was out doors and could identify plants and animals and bugs just as easily as I knew people. I think my kids were that way, and my daughter's kids may be.
• Roseburg, Oregon
My youngest two son brought home these great big bull frogs. Filled up the bathtub with water and than closed the bathroom door and left. When I came home those bull frogs were jumping all over the bathroom. I made them take them back to the pond.