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15 Life Lessons I've Learned From My Pet Snail

Take your home with you wherever you go.

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This is my snail.

I've had him for about three months, and in that time I've become something of a crazy snail lady. People seem to like hearing about and looking at pictures of him much more than they like hearing about or looking at pictures of me. I can't blame them — LOOK AT HIM.
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I've had him for about three months, and in that time I've become something of a crazy snail lady. People seem to like hearing about and looking at pictures of him much more than they like hearing about or looking at pictures of me. I can't blame them — LOOK AT HIM.

I've learned a lot since he slithered into my life. For example...

1. Do what you love, no matter how small you are.

Whether that's knitting, writing, or pooping long thin lines of green.
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Whether that's knitting, writing, or pooping long thin lines of green.

2. It's important to feel like your house is a home.

That's why his is outfitted with water, chalk (for calcium / shell health), a supply of food many times the size of his own body, and a teeny plastic bench he ignores completely. I think he likes knowing that it's there, though.
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That's why his is outfitted with water, chalk (for calcium / shell health), a supply of food many times the size of his own body, and a teeny plastic bench he ignores completely. I think he likes knowing that it's there, though.

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3. It's worth it to spend money on things you care about.

i spent $4 on mixed greens tn; i guess this is love

Like the Really Good Kale.

4. It's okay to kick back and relax with a few drinks.

Just don't go too fast!!
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Just don't go too fast!!

5. There are so many wonderful parts of the internet / world you probably don't know about yet.

Like my current favorite website, petsnails.proboards.com. I found it when I was trying to figure out whether it was okay to feed my snail potatoes (it is) and promptly fell down the rabbit hole. Everyone who posts is so courteous and earnest, and they genuinely care about the wellbeing of their slimy pals. The memorial section, where snail owners post pictures and memories of the dearly departed, is a reminder that you can feel love for even the smallest, slowest creature.
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Like my current favorite website, petsnails.proboards.com. I found it when I was trying to figure out whether it was okay to feed my snail potatoes (it is) and promptly fell down the rabbit hole. Everyone who posts is so courteous and earnest, and they genuinely care about the wellbeing of their slimy pals. The memorial section, where snail owners post pictures and memories of the dearly departed, is a reminder that you can feel love for even the smallest, slowest creature.

6. Always be blogging.

c o n t e n t
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c o n t e n t

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7. Celebrate the holidays in style.

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8. Venture outside your comfort zone.

But it's okay to do it slowly.

9. Make time to travel.

We took Amtrak home to Boston for Christmas. We love how spacious and clean their cars are! He's also been to semi-rural Rhode Island and of course his homeland, Germany.
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We took Amtrak home to Boston for Christmas. We love how spacious and clean their cars are! He's also been to semi-rural Rhode Island and of course his homeland, Germany.

10. And to unwind.

With "Vanderpump Rules," natch.
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With "Vanderpump Rules," natch.

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11. Adele karaoke will cure whatever ails you.

12. Don't forget the little people even when you're famous.

Especially when you're already little.
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Especially when you're already little.

13. When in doubt, read Annie Dillard.

Just read the whole thing, reprinted in the Times Magazine this past weekend. You will cry.
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Just read the whole thing, reprinted in the Times Magazine this past weekend. You will cry.

14. It's always good to have a friend.

I'm thinking of getting him one of his own in the near future. Or maybe you have a snail that wants to have a playdate! Hmu.
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I'm thinking of getting him one of his own in the near future. Or maybe you have a snail that wants to have a playdate! Hmu.

15. HYDRATE.

"Nobody likes a shriveled gastropod." - my snail, probably.
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"Nobody likes a shriveled gastropod." - my snail, probably.