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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.

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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...

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

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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.


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.

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

Like my current favorite website, 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.


8. Venture outside your comfort zone.

But it's okay to do it slowly.

9. Make time to travel.

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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.


11. Adele karaoke will cure whatever ails you.