I’m not sure if it’s the age but my three year old only seems endlessly fascinated by animals. When she looks pensive and I ask what she’s thinking about, she says “porcupines and ladybugs” (which seems random, but whatever.) When she has a bad dream, it’s always about “giant dinosaurs.” And today when we went to pick out stickers she said, “Oh wait! I want those hens!”….Hens. I think animals play a special role in a child’s imagination and definitely, in their hearts.  It’s a phase I will hate to see end because it’s so touching to think that an earthworm or a guinea pig can change a little day (for the better, of course.) Below, a smushy friend from one of my favorite lines, Kenana.