My 5 year old son, Bency, is a collector of things. Really he is a scavenger of sorts.
I can relate to this. I have been doing this since I was a young child as well. One of my earliest memories is trying to get the biggest toad collection in the world. I would spend all day in search of these creatures and put them in mayonnaise jars. Later I would put the sealed jar in my windowsill. I soon learned that animals needed air to breathe and would bake to a fine crisp in the hot sun.
Bency’s collections usually come from his extraordinary finds on his walk home from school. I am quite certain we have one of the biggest acorn piles in our ownership, despite the fact that we have nary an oak tree in our yard. He thinks he is nearly a millionaire with his growing “jewel” collection. In actuality, they are just sequins that have fallen off some girls dress. During the warmer months, at the height of bug season, you will find many containers and buckets located on our porch of Bency’s growing insect tribes.
The other day, Bency arrived home from school with yet another magnificent find. It was a white marble. I noticed both children were quite wet, muddy and carrying quite a stench mixed with sweat and another putrid odor that I couldn’t put my finger on. I put the white marble on the counter and questioned them about their day and walk home.
As the children walked out of the room to put their school things away, I noticed the smell didn’t leave with them. I began frantically searching their boots and coats to track down the culprit of the thing that was annihilating my nose.
I finally discovered that every time I went near the counter where the white marble was, the smell became more obnoxious. That was when I examined the white marble more closely and found that it was a moth ball.
I quickly put an axe to Bency collecting any more “white marbles.”
Yesterday, the kids and I spent the day at my parent’s house. The kids went down to the woods to play.
After a bit, the kids returned to the house excitedly! They had filled some plastic bags with wonderful treasures.
They showed me the pine cones they found, turkey feathers, pheasant feathers, a stick and then Bency pulled out a very interesting nut and asked me what kind it was.
I examined it carefully. It was unlike any nut I had ever seen so I asked my Mom if she knew what kind it was.
It wasn’t a nut at all.
It was a turkey turd.
I laughed and told him he should bring it for Show and Tell at school. He didn’t find this humorous at all. He was slightly perturbed that his scavenger hunt had produced poop.
In life, there are lessons all around us. I learned at an early age that everything needs air to breathe. Bency has learned that some things aren’t as they appear….not everything is a marble or a nut.
Turkey poop and moth balls. I like his curiosity but he could find better smelling things to collect! 🙂
haha!!! My thoughts exactly!!!
I didn’t know my sister was such an expert at animal scat. To be able to determine it was a turkey turd is quite impressive.
I was wondering the same thing. How did you know, Melissa???
I didn’t know!!! I was under the same impression as Bency that it was nut! Mom was the one who knew it was a turkey turd!!
This is such an amusing post! Lol! Poor toads… I would have loved to see a picture of the turkey turd.
The kids were upset that we forgot it and I knew everyone would be disappointed that I didn’t have a picture of it to put up!! Maybe I can update my post when we retrieve it!!! haha!!
haha… pls do! 🙂
That’s greatness! My son is a collector, and I’ve worked hard to appreciate his collections over the years. he still has wall shelves in his room with his favorite bobble heads, his favorite Bionicals, and most recently a shelf full of fossils, dinosaur teeth, etc. I never know what he’ll decide to collect next! Fortunately, I can say that he’s never brought home such interesting treats… I’d be all over the Purell…
It is really fun to collect things! It brings such a sense of satisfaction watching them grow. I have gotten rid of most of my collections as an adult just because of room and I don’t enjoy dusting but I really do understand the appeal for kids. But alas, I do hope my son starts collecting things that are more along your son’s lines or at least keeps them outside if they aren’t!!!
Great lesson I say for everyone that there is a bright side to everything. They are learning about nature, there is Science Lesson, and also being mindful of everything in your surroundings. Be Blessed, and Have a Blessed Weekend! Mtetar
Very good points Mtetar! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend as well!
You’re welcome, Melissa! Thanks, and you do likewise. Be Blessed, Mtetar
You know what would be the best ever present for him? An owl pellet… (owl puke).
I can’t say that I’ve ever seen an owl pellet but I can only imagine that it involves a slightly digested mouse! That sounds almost perfect Jane!!!
I don’t know if I’m more fascinated by Bency’s collection or the fact that your mom could recognize a turkey turd! That’s too funny! I would’ve probably gone on and thought it a nut! 😉
When I was growing up at my parents house there was some wildlife but nothing like there is now. Every time I go visit there is over 20 turkeys in the back yard. I rarely go exploring when I’m there but I guess my Mom does so she is pretty well versed on her different animal poop now!
Oh, that is so funny!! 🙂
My little girl is quite the collector, too. A couple of days ago she came running up from the edge of the yard, where she’d been gathering sparkly rocks, oddly shaped sticks, pretty leaves and flowers…and her little hands were smeared brown. With a disgusted face, she exclaimed “Mommy, hurry! Clean my hands! I thought it was something for my collection, but it was POOP!!!” I laughed, but I got her daddy to spray her hands off with the water hose before I actually washed them with soap and water inside.
haha!!! That is so funny Keisha! Collecting can be such a messy business!
That’s great! Let’s just hope he doesn’t become fascinated and start a poop collection!
I don’t think I have to worry about that…he didn’t seem to pleased about his find…I think he is going to stick to nuts but I have a feeling he is going to be much more selective from now on!!! haha!!!
Okay — I will never complain about my daughter’s ever-growing button obsession/collection again. At least it doesn’t smell weird! 🙂
Oh yes, don’t complain about that! Not only do they not smell but they are just too darn beautiful in those jars and bubblegum machine!
I love that he brought home a turd! haha! My kids would have been laughing hysterically (after washing their hands and pretending to be disgusted first). I thought the white marble was going to turn out to be some kind of egg or larvae! Zoe loves to collect sequins and shiny things too (and also calls them jewels). 🙂
Now that you mention about the egg or larvae….I really should go through his marble collection and see if he has mistaken any other marbles for anything else!!
We have had that mistake made in our house before! haha! Troy’s newest obsession is lizards because they like to sunbathe on our driveway and our windowsill so he can’t get out of the car and into the house without first inspecting those areas for “yizards”. Boys are FUN!!
Kind of gross find.
Anyway, it’s cool that he has those collections and appreciates things. My son was getting into a rock collection. I don’t know what he was thinking. I am glad he got out of that. As I am typing he is looking over his growing baseball card collection.
Toads? I don’t know if I ever saw a toad outside of a museum.
Oh my kids have an ever growing rock collection as well! They collect them everywhere we go! I admit baseball cards are a much cleaner collection item! As for the toads, I had no idea they didn’t have those in Jersey!! We have quite an abundance here in Wisconsin…I could send you a few!! haha!!
I am sure they do. I just don’t see them.
Btw, I am from Philadelphia. I move to NYC in my 20’s and her to Jersey in my 30’s,.
Now that you mention that it seems like you have mentioned that in a post!
LOL! Turkey turds! Does this mean you are a turd expert? You can come join my Poop Detective Team!
Well, I am only an amateur….my Mom is the real turd expert! If you have any poop questions you send them her way!!
I love this post, truly! Your son and his collections totally crack me up! I was always collecting things too. I remember one day after school my friend Adrien and I collected something like, 800 chestnuts, and were just devastated when we learned that we couldn’t take them home with us. Good grief!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories! xx
Thanks Vanessa! Yes, it just makes me laugh as to what he is going to bring home next! I really can’t put a ban on his collecting of things because it just adds an element of surprise and laughter every time! I would have absolutely let you bring home 800 chestnuts!!
The kids went down to the woods to play.
If you go down to the woods today…your sure of big surprise
Coz Bency hunts the most wondrous things, right before your eyes
moth balls , turkey poop and I’m sure lots more, who knows what
next he has in store
…ifff you go down to the woods today….
Oh my goodness Jen!! I am copying down this poem and putting it in his memory box! This is too darn cute! This is the first poem I ever received in my comments and it is so great! I can’t believe you came up with that!! Thank you!! Thank you!!
oh my gosh Mel – I thank you… if you want to email me with characteristics of each of your bambinos I shall endeavour to make a poem for each of them if you like.
No pressure …just puttin it out there. xx
Wow! That is incredibly sweet of you! Let me give it some thought and I’ll email you! Thanks Jen!
You are most welcome xx
Awesome. I just come home to find ‘experiments’ my son is making. The other day the kitchen was covered in water and duct tape and 2 liter bottles. He was making weights???
Kerry, you have a kid after my own heart…thrifty with a purpose! That is so awesome!!
🙂 I would’ve never guessed it was a turkey turd! glad your mom did! 🙂 I would’ve gone crazy around here ha!ha! 🙂 You used to collect toads? you impress me Melissa! it’s good he’s as curious as he’s mom! 🙂 hope you are having a great weekend!
Thanks Ingrid! I am still an amazing toad and frog collector! Every year I help the kids get a ton of them! We just don’t seal them off in jars anymore! I know enough to poke holes in the top now and let them go after we’ve had the chance to examine them! I am still a bit of a tomboy at heart!
ha!ha! 🙂 that’s OK! I would be scared of examining them! 🙂
Oh my! I was the same growing up. And now my girls…they’ll fill buckets, backpacks, and containers with rock, shells, acorns, leaves, feathers, sticks…anything they can collect. No turkey turds yet though. By the way, I’m a fellow Cheesehead. 😉
Well, thank you so much for stopping by! A fellow Cheesehead and you can relate to these lovely collections! Unbelievable!! I’m sure the turkey turds will come your way soon enough…don’t fret! haha!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it makes you feel better, I always find the dead stuff.
Hi melissa, another great cute post! my son is just the same, I darent search his room! nearly gace up blogging but gonna try and do a post later. xxxx
Oh Teresa! I’ve missed seeing you on here! You keep saying you might quit…I hope not! I understand though how much work it is but you truly are one of my favorite blogs!
thats so sweet of you to say, thank you. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
They’re lucky you have such a good sense of humor! I’m sure all the filth is good for the immune system..
I hope that is true, because if it is, they would all have an immune system of an ox!! And yes I just have to laugh at all of this crazy stuff!!
Oh that is too funny! You always manage to cheer me up with your writing and your children…
Oh thank you Lidia!! I’m glad you liked it!!
Well, if you have to “forget” something at Grandma’s, a turkey turd would be the way to go! Me? I’d probably remember the stupid turd and leave the homemade cookies behind!
Actually she sent home rock-hard rice krispie bars that day….the turd may have been the way to go!!