Last month was the school science fair. Every summer while Katie works in the yard, Tomas plays alongside finding all kinds of creepy crawly things. Tomas wondered what happened to them all during the winter. Along with reading several books, Tomas spent a lot of time digging around in the yard trying to find some bugs. He found a lot of dead bugs.
Tomas learned tons of neat facts about bugs, and he did an excellent job explaining his project to the judges. (I know this because I was a judge. And although I couldn't judge Tomas' project, I was able to eavesdrop from a distance.)
For Valentine's Day, Tomas made a robot Valentine's box. With Katie's help, he made some really cute robot Valentine's to hand out. I think the favorite Valentine he received was from a little girl in his class named Eva. The Valentine folded into an origami fortune teller. (I used to call them cootie catchers.) He plays with it every day, and we've even had to repair it a couple times. Katie thinks Tomas may have a little crush on Eva, and said if Tomas were to marry Eva, it would be just fine with her.
Tomas had saved up a considerable amount of money. He decided what he really wanted was a hamster. I took him to the pet store, and he purchased a dwarf hamster, cage and all the accoutrements. Tomas named the hamster Tumbleweed. He's very cute and lot of fun, but he is extremely fast. We have to be very careful he doesn't escape while we're playing with him. So far, Tomas is an extremely responsible pet owner.
Tumbleweed has a ball that he rolls around in. Scooter is curious but doesn't get to close, and Chester thinks it's a new play toy. But, whenever Tumbleweed chases in his ball after the cat, Chester always chickens out and runs away.
Today when Tomas got home from school, he went to check on Tumbleweed. He found him curled up in his little house dead. We have no idea what happened. We had just played with him the evening before and all seemed well. Tomas was very very sad. For the month that he had him, Tomas took such great care of Tumbleweed. On his own, Tomas was very responsible with caring for Tumbleweed. And, Tumbleweed was such a fun little hamster. He was so active, and he never bit. We gave Tumbleweed a little burial in our back yard. Tomas made Tumbleweed a little grave marker. Maybe we'll go looking this weekend for Tumbleweed II.
|Rest in peace, Tumbleweed.|