After the downpour this Saturday, Young One and one of her best buds found quite a collection of snails in the gardens out back. I encouraged the girls to collect the garden pests, and then we instituted a "Snail Relocation" program to a nearby roadside ditch. I wonder if my basil will be better off as a result or if just as many snails remain in hiding in my small plot of land. At last count, the girls collected over 80 of the slimy critters, who were relocated (using my kitchen bowl) with the utmost care under the first light of the super moon.
Just a side note: I learned that I have been using, incorrectly, the word "lumaca" for a snail with a shell, when, in fact, the correct word is "chiocciola." A "lumaca" is the little slimy creature who lives without the shell. Nothing like having a pair of second graders to keep my Italian vocabulary in line.