Me: Hurray!! We have a visitor!
Hank: Who is it?
Me: Look a baby caracol (snail) has come home on our lettuce.
Hank: Oh, how sweet.
Me: Lets get him a lettuce snack and a damp dish.
Hank: Mommy? Do caracóis (snails) brush their teeth?
Me: Excellent question, Hank. No, I do not believe they brush their teeth, as they do not have hands. In fact I do not know if they have teeth… this is something we will have to investigate.
Hank: Ok, but now I just want to watch him watch me.
(After a proper watching amount of time.)
Hank: Oh mommy. He is not eating.
Me: He must not be hungry.
Hank: Mama, I don’t want to feed him to the galinhas (chickens).
Me: Honey, we only feed big fat caracóis (snails) with cracked shells from the garden to the galinhas (chickens). This guy is new. He has a ton of life left before he is ready to be eaten.
Hank: Can we keep him?
Me: Just until the walk to school tomorrow and then you will have to drop him off in a nice, lush bit of shrubbery.
Hank: I am having a snail slumber party?
Me: Looks like it.
Hank: On a school night? This is the best.