Curiously, when I arrived to collect Thing One from his friend's birthday party/sleepover this morning, he was out in the front yard collecting salamanders with two of his buddies. In his pajamas. Upon closer inspection, I also noted three band-aids on him that had not been there the evening before, plus a thick caking of dirt from one end to the other...he even had some inside his nose and ears. From the boy standpoint, a very successful party indeed! The party-hosting friend has a veritable menagerie of pets that includes a snake and several large tarantulas, none of which (thank the Lord) appear to have stowed away in his bag. I suppose I should be grateful that he only wants to add a salamander to our own menagerie after this experience.
But you can bet that I will be checking his pockets very carefully before I wash the dirty clothes he brought home. And possibly wearing gloves while I do it!