Is It ESSENTIAL That Children Have The Opportunity To Relate To Animals?
By melanie jean juneau on April 17, 2012
The Joy of Mothering
I developed the opinion that children have a deep seated need to relate to animals while watching my own kids interact with our pets and farm animals. Since I grew up in the city, with ballet lessons, books and a only one loving cat, I was as fascinated as my kids with the arrival of tiny balls of fluff called chicks, cute piglets and tiny kittens.We all gathered around excitedly, not wanting to miss anything.
Rachel was and still is my most fervent animal lover. Before she could even walk, she exhibited an obsession to find, crawl after, grab and squeeze any and all animals. It was a passionate love for animals, I would say. She could barely talk, so to communicate her desire to hold the hamster for example, her hands would frantically open and close and she would utter soft little grunts as she pleaded, with big chocolate brown eyes, for the cage to be opened . When Rachel realized that she would finally get to hold the hamster, her hand would literally shake with excitement and anticipation.
Needless to say either I or one of the older siblings had to supervise Rachel because she would tend to squeeze Hammy till his eyes stated to bulge out. Then the cry would arise, "Rachel's squeezing Hammy again. Come quickly!"