When we don’t buy organic, we go to this small fruit and vegetables Nepalese store nearby, that we like. It’s cozy, simple, the people who run it are nice, the vegetables are at room temperature and everything tastes very good.
Recently, during summertime, we went there to buy some delicious figs, watermelons, and oranges. The second we entered, I couldn’t take my eyes off of a bag full of snails. They were for sale and I could see some of them moving, trying to reach some pieces of lettuce that were stuck to the bag.
I looked at Vasco and gave him a kind of a look he already knows, meaning something like “we have to do something about this”. This was not the first time I thought about rescuing snails from the marketplaces, it had crossed my mind other times and I simply turned my head away and forgot it.
This time, I didn’t want to ignore it.
I was also touched by the fact that I’ve seen them moving as if they wanted to live, to run away. In fact, I have no idea what they wanted to do, but I can easily put myself in their shoes and I perfectly knew how I would feel if someone helped me get out of there.
Releasing The Snails
Vasco gave me that look that I also know, meaning something like “oh no, please, just pretend they are not here”. We were quite out of time to do the things we wanted to do, but… too late! I had them already in my hands. So, I bought four kilos of snails.
We went home to get Bogas and drove our way to our favorite park. Some minutes after, we arrived and searched for the best place to leave them. Vasco said that snails enjoy being surrounded by high grass, so we found the perfect place.
There they are, as you can see, coming out of the bag. It felt amazing, I can tell you!
Look, they formed a heart shape!
The Best Part
One week after, when we came back, we saw this lovely phenomenon!
There were more alive snails than I thought.
I believe they attracted us to help them reach a higher purpose, rather than a pot full of boiling water. Who knows… at least we feel that everything happens for a reason!