Mothball Quotes (1 quote)
I can remember starting to gather all sorts of things like rocks and beetles when I was about nine years old. There was no parental encouragementnor discouragement eithernor any outside influence that I can remember in these early stages. By about the age of twelve, I had settled pretty definitely on butterflies, largely I think because the rocks around my home were limited to limestone, while the butterflies were varied, exciting, and fairly easy to preserve with household moth-balls. I was fourteen, I remember, when I decided to be scientific, caught in some net of emulation, and resolutely threw away all of my childish specimens, mounted haphazard on common pins and without proper labels. The purge cost me a great inward struggle, still one of my most vivid memories, and must have been forced by a conflict between a love of my specimens and a love for orderliness, for having everything just exactly right according to what happened to be my current standards.