Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts...

Trip Start Nov 18, 2011
Trip End Mar 02, 2013

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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Gyeonggi-do,
Friday, June 15, 2012

As a part of a month-long science project, the school has adopted dozens of silkworms to teach our kindergartners about the caterpillar life cycle. Each classroom has a basket of fat white blobs that munch on mulberry leaves and will cocoon soon. In my opinion, they can't cocoon soon enough. I have a very strong dislike for caterpillars. I might go so far as to say I hate caterpillars. As a teacher, it is my job to care for our class silkworms and teach the kids about their life cycle. Powerpoint presentations, pompom silkworm crafts and colouring sheets are no problem. It's cleaning the cage and picking them up that I can't deal with. I would like to say that it should be the student's responsibility to take care of them but since my students are so young, many of the silkworms would run the risk of getting lost or squashed in the caring process. This is one of the hardest things I've had to deal with since coming to Korea. Give me a tray full of spiders or beetles and I've got no problems. But caterpillars? Ugh! No way! I've never liked them and I don't see that changing after this experience. I've eaten the Korean specialty beondegi, silkworm larvae, on a dare and they aren't anything worth repeating. My general view of caterpillars is as follows: they are squishy, full of green stuff and likely to get underfoot.

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