When you’re a child you don’t really appreciate how your parents’ interests can impact on your life. I haven’t got my Mum’s green fingers and I’ve no interest in being a football referee like Dad but I have taken a few things on board.
I have learnt so many things from my Dad, he has the patience of a saint, is very methodical and has two very different passions (not including my Mum, but let’s not go there!!) He has always loved Motor Sport and my brother and I, have much to thank him for on that score, as will our children. I’ll save that topic for a different post, but my love of Ferrari and all things Formula One stems from my Dad.
My Dad’s other passion is Entomology. He loves insects; ANY insect. He’s been a member of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society for longer than I’ve been alive, and still keeps them updated on his ‘finds’ in Spain. My brother and I spent our childhood attached to butterfly nets trying desperately to catch something, anything, and to emulate our Dad. Give him a butterfly net and he is a sight to behold – he won’t miss, EVER. We spent most of our childhood living in Surrey, near the Hampshire border, and many weekends were spent running up and down the towpath along the Basingstoke canal chasing butterflies or dragonflies.
I didn’t always appreciate this lifestyle, I’m certainly not an ‘out in all weathers’ kind of person, so am sure I did my fair share of moaning in the rain as we looked for some beetle or other. But now, I really do appreciate what Dad gave us; an interest in the world around us and the little creatures that could be found everywhere.
My son already seems to be fascinated by butterflies, much to Gramps’s amusement when we visited him in Spain last November. My son has enjoyed further butterfly adventures during recent visits to the Butterfly House at Blenheim Palace and Butterfly World at Studley Grange.
Now my son is learning all about Mini Beasts at Pre-school, I wish Dad wasn’t living in Spain so he could entertain all the kids with his encyclopedic knowledge 🙁
Anyway, second best was to sendmy son to Pre-school today with my insect collection which Dad framed for me a million years ago, and which now hangs in my son’s bedroom. It’s full of butterflies, moths, beetles and bee’s that I caught as a child, or collected at exhibitions. My son loves it, as do I. I hope his friends liked looking at my son’s ‘show and tell’ this morning.
So are we scared of spiders?? No, I grew up surrounded by various species of Stick Insects, so a pesky spider isn’t going to scare me or my my son 🙂