I know that snails are bad for gardens, but I was glad I found a couple of them today because there was one for each boy to play with. They built a little habitat out of rocks and twigs in a shady spot far away from the garden, and spent a good half hour observing the snails. It bought me lots of extra weeding time.
It also reminded me to tell you about a book I recently read and loved called The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. It's about as exciting as it sounds, action-wise, but it's a beautiful, quick, and interesting read that really makes you appreciate the slow and steady things in life. And couldn't we all use a little more of that?