Jasmine's Place Issue No. 1 - September/October 2012 - Page 20

However, to make sure that it would not be just another startand-quit thing, I said, “Okay, I am going to let you try this. But, on one condition. If you start this project, you must finish it. I don't want to hear you complaining in a few days that you are tired and want to quit.” The boys assured me they would not quit, so we gathered the equipment: a nesting box, a couple of hot water bottles, a calendar to keep track of the incubation days. Faithfully for days, they checked the water bottle temperature, and turned the eggs, often getting up in the night to make sure the eggs were all right. The boys set the water bottles into the box on top of the heating pad, covered them with a cloth, and nestled the eggs in. Faithfully for days, they checked the water bottle temperature, and turned the eggs, often getting up in the night to make sure the eggs were all right. . . At about day fifteen, they became impatient but stuck to it. Just when they began to lose hope however, the eggs hatched. Whenever they left the room those two little chicks set up such a holler that you could hear them all the way to the hen house. They were instant parents and loved it! And vice versa! Those chicks followed them all day long, eating and making messes everywhere. They peeped at night. They peeped during the day. Whenever they left the room those two little chicks set up such a holler that you could hear them all the way to the hen house. A few days later, the other children wanted to go on a hike. The boys really wanted to go with them. However, they couldn’t leave those two little chicks at home, but they couldn't take them either. JASMINE'S PLACE 20