Yesterday, the Maker came running into the house all breathless and excited
"Dad, this is the greatest thing that just happened! Me, Jacob, and Matt were catching grasshoppers yesterday, and we caught this huge one, this big, giant, enormous one, and we let it go at the end of the day. It was our favorite, we petted it.
"And today I found the same one! I caught it and put it in the bucket, and put some grass and rocks and mulch in with it."
He insisted that I come outside to see it, and it was in fact a pretty big grasshopper. (I don't know that I would have described it as huge, giant, or enormous, but I'm not eight.) We talked a little about how some grasshoppers are brown and some are green, and whether the brown and green ones were different species or genders, or if maybe young grasshoppers were green and old grasshoppers were old. He speculated that maybe young grasshoppers are green and they turn brown when they get bigger, since all of the little grasshoppers he had seen were green and all of the big ones were brown.
He also wanted to know what grasshoppers ate, which required a trip to wikipedia (they're herbivores).
[ASPCA disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the creation of this blog post. In our family, we have a rule that if you capture a frog or bug or other creature, you have to release it at the end of the day.]