While walking the dog just now, DD saw a dead worm and wanted to pick it up. I told her no, that we don't touch dead things. But then I was thinking about all the naturalists and scientists, etc out there that say they started out by collecting road kill to study, that sort of thing. It made me wonder if I'm stifling her natural inclinations and curiosities. So, one the one hand, yeah, pick up the dead worm! Study! Explore! Observe! And then on the other hand, ew. Germs and diseases.
So please, offer me some other opinions and the reasons behind them.