Letters: Day Care, Detroit And Snake Ears

Stories earlier this week on day care, an enthusiastic Detroit resident and snake-charming in India struck a chord for, respectively, a Colorado woman who's pregnant with her second child, a former social worker in Indiana, and a Maryland biology professor.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host: It's time now for your letters. And earlier this week, we aired a two-part discussion about day care for our continuing series on childbirth.

STACEY FERGUSON: Ninety percent of my time is spent balancing, juggling, thinking about it.

ADAM GRAHAM: Oh, it's ever pervasive. It's just always there. It's a strata of parenthood that just never goes away. It's always on your mind.

NORRIS: Even when it's working well, you're still...

GRAHAM: Even when it's working well.

NORRIS: Our conversation struck a chord for Jenny Beer of Golden, Colorado, who found out just last week that she's pregnant with her second child. She writes: Putting our first child in day care was - and still is - so much more emotionally difficult for me than I expected. I was glad to hear other parents share their concerns and discuss the necessity of day care.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: Yesterday, we aired a story about Charlie Cavell, a college student in Detroit who is determined to help turn his city around.

CHARLIE CAVELL: I want to be a part of the change that I want to see, right? Like Gandhi said and all that.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOCK: Well, that got Melissa Wilson of Westfield, Indiana, writing. She says this: As a social worker in a past life, I know what hard work it is to be the change - as Gandhi compels us. It's inspiring to know that people like Charlie are willing to stare adversity square in the eye and charge forward to create a better future for everyone. Go, Charlie, go.

NORRIS: And finally, a clarification. We heard a story about the art of snake charming - or, rather, its vanishing act from Indian culture. And we reported that snakes can't actually hear the music, because they don't have ears.

But Arthur Popper of Rockville, Maryland - a professor at the University of Maryland's Biology Department - writes: While it may be true that the snakes are not responding to the sound of the flute, snakes do have ears. There are no external ears but snakes, and all reptiles, have highly evolved inner ears that no doubt are able to detect sound.

BLOCK: Well, whether or not you've been charmed by our reporting, we do want to hear from you. Go to npr.org and click on Contact Us.

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