It was a hard fought battle, Gunnar versus that toad. Gunnar dug for minutes, bare hands fighting hard, North Texas dirt. Our ranch held many surprises that summer, and the proliferation of the toads, despite the drought of 2006 was one of them. They’d soak in the dog’s big cement water bowl, and swim, on occasion, in our horses’ watering pond. And Gunnar saw this toad scurry while building a road for his Tonka Dump truck, and did not stop until he held his prize.

The effort? Well worth the prize. The dirt under his nails, a reminder to me, his mother, that boys will always be boys, and that is why we love them. May he never lose this joy of discovery and this challenge against nature. Nor may I.

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  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • dogfish
    dogfishalmost 6 years ago

    now did he kiss that big fat toad?
    did she turn into a princess for him? lol
    nice capture for the both of you!

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanalmost 6 years ago

    Phenomenal capture Laura. Thank you for sharing
    this precious moment with him.
    A boy’s ambitions, curiosity, and discovery.
    It’s got to be the best thing going at that moment
    in time. Boy are incredible creatures…and turn
    into incredible men.

  • djprov
    djprovalmost 6 years ago

    yep, looks like boy stuff. Nice stuff. dp

  • KiwiAna
    KiwiAnaalmost 6 years ago

    Hahahaaa Coolest ever photograph that depicts the delight of boyhood. Well done Laura!

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyalmost 6 years ago

    love it. so much boy!

  • Joe Powell
    Joe Powellalmost 6 years ago

    What a prize, for him and for you……….!!

  • DarkHotel2
    DarkHotel2almost 6 years ago

    ….love the story and shot here Laura… a wonderful reminder!

  • jhartley
    jhartleyalmost 6 years ago

    I remember this well….the ranch was a haven for so much wildlife…..excellent

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholalmost 6 years ago

    Brings back memories……..

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