whistle-blowing for the worms

The other morning, while reminiscing over how nerdy we were as children, husby laid a truth bomb on me that I was so upset about I now feel compelled to share it with the world.

It went a little something like this: I was recounting what new and wonderful thing we got to learn at each grade level. I thought third grade was the coolest because we got to learn how to write in cursive AND we got to start learning multiplication and division. Fifth grade was pretty bomb because we got to do experiential science learning. Sixth grade we learned the scientific method and got to actually do experiments. And so forth.

As husby rolled his eyes at me and how much of a child nerd I was (and still am) (and don’t think for a second that he wasn’t out nerding me at every step of the way), I mentioned how in fifth grade we got to keep and observe meal worms. And how I boldly suggested to the teacher that since they were called meal worms, and you could cut other worms in half and the worm would live, could you do the same with a meal worm?

The answer was no. And that’s the story of how I sacrificed my first living creature for the sake of science.

But then, to my horror, husby informed me that when you cut a worm in half, it DOES NOT continue to live. And you definitely don’t get two worms out of the deal. It just takes a really long time for the worm to die, and both ends squirm around, so it appears to still be alive.

I find this to be so upsetting. How many times as a child did you find a worm in the dirt and decide to cut it in half so that you would now have two worms? And parents and teachers encouraged this. Now I am 100% for experiential learning, so cut apart that first worm if you must, dear science loving children. But understand the consequences, or you’re not really gaining anything from the experiment.

Also, worms are the awesomest. They poop dirt. Wonderful healthy dirt that allows us to grow vegetables and fruits and trees. We need the worms. So I felt I must share this information with the world.

I’m sorry if any of you found this as upsetting as I did.

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