Box of Frogs


There are some times in life when I wish I had a tape recorder rolling. Last night, in the van on the way to dinner, was one of them. Thing 2 is in 6th grade.

Thing 2: So today in school we got to dissect frogs.

Me: Really?

Thing 2: Yep. I thought I was going to barf but it was pretty cool.

Me: Tell me about it.

Thing 2: Well, I felt the frog’s heart and then we went digging around.

Me: Isn’t the smell of formaldehyde like cherry cough syrup?

Thing 2: These weren’t in formaldehyde. They had been frozen alive.

Me: So were they icy?

Thing 2: Nope. The teacher had defrosted them. But it did smell really gross when we poked their poop sacs.

Me: Say what? Poop sacs? How can a tiny frog’s poop sac make that much smell?

Thing 2: Well, the frogs were big, bullfrogs, and everyone was doing it.

Me: I see. So where did your science teacher get the frogs?

Thing 2 (giggling): Carrefour.

Me: Carrefour?

Things 1 and 3: No way!!!!

Thing 2: Yep. He walked in and bought a box of frogs, took them home, and put them in the freezer in a garbage bag. Alive.

Me: Let me get this straight: you can just buy a box of frogs at Carrefour?

Thing 2: Yep.

Me: That must have made a lot of noise, 25 bullfrogs, banging around a freezer.

V3 (new driver): Frog is good. I like frog. Good to eat.

Can you guess which restaurant we were traveling to? Blue Frog. I swear. Ribbit Ribbit. Happy Spring and we will write from Beijing, from the foot of the Wall, even if I have to go back to my old tricks of using a guest blogger.



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4 responses to “Box of Frogs

  1. Mood Ring Momma

    Hilarious!!! That just made me laugh so hard! How did you even know to respond with, “That must have made a lot of noise, 25 bullfrogs, banging around a freezer”??? I would have been at a loss for words.

    Have a great time at the Wall. Cal and I watched a portion of a program last week on the History Channel about the construction of the Great Wall – fascinating stuff. Safe travels to you!

    xoxoxo – mcs

  2. klab

    SO hilarious. The visual. The image of frogs hopping around inside a bag inside a freezer… priceless.

  3. Flaky Friend

    OMG – if that had happened in Oregon the animal rights activists would be dissecting the teacher. So funny.

  4. Tom

    Pokin the poop sack! I’d want to be frozen solid for that procedure as well.

    You will be amazed by the wall. You will see a tiny part of it, but keep in mind that it was hundreds of miles long. Sattelite pictures have revealed that the wall system was much more elaborate than originally thought. Fascinating what the Chinese accomplished back then with only manual labor.

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