The St. Augustine Run-Down

There’s a new phenomenon that is fascinating to watch when my little pack of children shift from their shower-less, outdoor, barefoot, one-with-the-season, weather perceiving, bird knowing existence, to a city.

At the playground, they get distracted by lizards, a squirrel nest, and an inchworm. The soccer field just outside the playground was covered with weeds, clover, and the kids ran towards it with glee, asking if we could pick flowers to hang upside down or press. And Townes interrupted me in the bathroom to tell me I had to see this moth and then reminded me that moths look like owls’ or other predators’ eyes to keep predators away from them. And, a few cities in a row, Townes has described them as “Nice. I like it. A little too fancy but I like it.”

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