The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Most of us are too busy to spend a year watching a snail go about its business. We might equate such activities with watching the grass grow or paint dry. How fascinating could the daily exploits of a gastropod possibly be, after all?
Elisabeth Tova Bailey, however, found herself with little else to do. Bedridden due to a mysterious autonomic ailment, Bailey found herself unable to even sit up or turn over without a major effort. A friend visited her one day, bringing a pot of field violets from the nearby woods – and, as a bonus, a woodland snail.
With literally nothing else to do or watch, Bailey began to notice the habits of her new companion. From its eating and sleeping habits to its methods of locomotion, her observations began to open a window into her tiny companion’s world.