I've changed a lot since Aaron came along. I've become more serious. I worry more. And I am infinitely more patient.
Today, I realized that he has also been chipping away at my disgust for certain cold blooded creatures.
I really REALLY dislike frogs. Always have. Yet, I'm now alright with closely examining frogs before buying them for Aaron's dinner. And, not long ago, a friend and I were in the garden playing with a baby frog for Aaron's benefit.
Lizards are something else that usually sends me jumping on a chair. Yet, I now happily point out lizards to Aaron and take him closer for a better look. Yesterday, we were nose to nose with a dead gecko that was being slowly eaten by ants.
We also dig for worms on a daily basis. He can't find them most of the time so I end up being the one looking for them and lining them up for him to look at.
I feel some sort of pride in being able to do these things now. In the past, these small creatures would literally set my heart pounding from panic. Yes, its stupid....but I just found them so disgusting. In a roundabout way, my wanting to make sure that Aaron didn't develop irrational fears ended up with me mostly overcoming my own. Win-Win.