When I was a kid, I remember how me and my sister made hot cake from mud and bake them under the sun, I walk down mucky paddy fields catching small fishes and mosquito larve with my mom's pantyhose stuck unto a wire, I dug up dirt to find worm to feed my birds. Dropping my snack on the ground is a small issue for me, I always eat them anyway. We had this saying around our home "not 5 minute yet (belum lima menit)" and therefore it is okay to eat them if it only been on the ground for less than 5 minutes.
This is very contrary to the fact that my parents (oh yes, both of them) are physician. Everyone who in 21st century who knows how to read a blog probably knows that good hygiene is important, BUT there is a limit to it : like you know that certain amount of dust in your room probably tolerable. In fact, being expose to something dirty at certain level can improve your immune system!
I believe my parents know each and every risk of letting us playing dirty, however they took the risk to give us a chance to have fun, which I am very grateful about.
Many other kids only knows to play nintendo and playstation, and I feel very sorry for them. While I, as a young child has learned that fireflies normally came out after harvesting season, how cricket make a sound, goldfish love to eat mosquito larve, and ants have a big house on the ground. So obviously, now, I am as a parent myself, try to encourage my son to spend less time infront of the laptop (or tv, thank goodness I don't have one!) and explore other interesting thing around him or socialise outdoor with other kids (socialise : means running and chasing each other, play hide and seek, or take turn pushing the swing).
So what does my son do? My son love exploring nature and see bugs and creepy crawlies. Not to mention that he ever ate a spider or lick a snail, but for his curiosity sake I would not mind, it won't kill him anyway.
I am very well pleased that his childminder let the children under her care to explore things around them. They catch slug, play on the sand pit, roll on the grass and jump in muddy puddle.
Oh yes, they also learn where the plant came from. Each of them planted a sunflower seed on the beginning of summer, and there you go!
And here is Josiah and Ryan as a builder, dig up the mud on the backyard (Ryan insist that Josiah looks good with his builder helmet). They can play this for hours! Thanks to Ms. Julie to take up their picture when they are not watching.
Now that's my boy!
Photo credit to my son's childminder!