What might you ask inspired me to come up with this topic?
See this wee beastie?
This opossum was our curve ball today. You do know what a curve ball is? A ball that looks like it's coming straight for you, but it swerves away unexpectedly? We didn't see this beastie coming, but we took advantage of him when he did.
THAT beastie was our curve ball today. It was a moment to take some time to learn about possums, to do some research, to figure out how to remove him from our property in order to keep him away and to see if he was our mystery predator.
Possums are actually good for the environment in that they clean up dead stock really well. BUT they are NOT good to have around small stock. They'll eat mice, grubs, garbage, insects, rats, other small mammals and what not.
Based on the size of this fellow I'm guessing he's the one who killed some of our young bunnies and one of my son's tanks of mice.
My Lad, instead of doing his science or his math today, had a chance to give this fellow a good look over. First thing he noticed was "HE STINKS".
And he did... I have to admit.. this opossum, STANK. I don't know if it was his natural body odour or if it was his "smell defense" that possums can do. The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis Virginiana),is not native to Ontario, they came as visitors and decided to stick around. The stink of him made us keep our distance from him.
Notice was made of the long tail, the mouthful of teeth and the loud hissing noises directed our way. This fellow was large one so we took the risk of moving this territorial fellow. He discovered, far from our home, a LOVELY forest in which to now dwell....he left rather eagerly hissing at us as he left.
Curve balls are just that you know opportunities to learn in a different way. Whether it's the unexpected one like illness that changes what our week looks like, dastardly predators caught, accidents or the like. OR if they are planned curve balls like planned surgery dates (coming up in April), co-op times, or whatever... Curve balls can be viewed with suspicion or dismay, or as an opportunity to do things differently and to learn something new.
How you handle those curve balls is up to you, but I do suggest that you get ready for them, because you will always find they come your way.
Other Posts In This Series
The Importance of Family.
Working and the Homeschool Life.
Tips: Knowing when to take a break.
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Latonya @ Joy in the Ordinary
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Megan @ My Full Heart
Melanie (Wren) @ finchnwren
Melissa @ Mom’s Plans