How to eat bugs

Thursday, Sept. 28, 1944

I’ll bet Daddy is sorry he told the family about how I ate a dead bee. He’s been besieged by grandparents and other family about the whole flap. My Grandma wrote, “It turns my stomach to read about it. Will she ever know when to stop chewing on bugs? Isn’t that dangerous to her health? What does the doctor say?” This is funny because Daddy is a doctor and he doesn’t seem worried. Grandpa is taking a more thoughtful and scientific approach: “I think that live insects are safer even if they are sick or diseased. It is safe in the stomach and comes out in the wash. But dead ones have no dietary value, I think. They look dry and hollow. And don’t fret if she swallows a fly or something like that because they are not poisonous if they are alive. In fact, I am glad that she is not afraid of anything. And there is not a live animal but what it is being eaten in some part of the world.”

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