Thank you for an amazing experience with Pictures of Hope. My 18-year-old niece Jessica and I were mentors to Ben, who hopes to be a bug doctor. I told him the word for that is really big: entomologist. He said he wants to help bugs.
So with Jeannette driving, we went to the Discovery Center on Troost near the Kauffman Foundation and Stowers Research Institute. Ben was in bug heaven. He was thrilled with his camera, and while only 6 years old, he figured it out really fast. He captured pictures of roly-polys and butterflies, bees and a baby bunny.
The Discovery Center walking trail leads to a pond where he saw “cute little water bugs” that were captured quickly by the camera lens. Inside he took pictures of turtles and snakes, and even a tarantula. We met several conservation department teachers and workers who told him about their jobs.
Then we went across the street to the Stowers Research Institute, where I told him the bug doctors look at little tiny bugs under microscopes. We met a researcher from India who studies muscle fiber. Then at the entrance to Stowers, we saw a sign carved into stone that seemed to sum it all up perfectly. “Hope is Life.”
Jessica, Jeannette and I were truly inspired by Ben’s passion for bugs, and life!