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Boys and Bugs

Do boys and bugs go hand-in-hand? Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

I’m not a fan of insects, regardless of whether or not they sting, crawl, creep bite or not, I like to keep a respectful distance. Spiders are not welcome in my home and when they dare crawl a wall or dangle above my head, I’ve been known to scream. Yes, I admit it. I’m a screamer.

My insistence that insects are not our friends may have something to do with my child’s own irrational fear of anything creepy or crawly. And you know what? His irrational fear was OK with me. I was completely assured Aaron would not bring me pockets full of beetles or ask me to watch his worm friend while he searched for grubs.

We’ve had this little understanding for years, so you can imagine my surprise when all of a sudden Aaron changed the rules. I blame it on peer pressure of course. One of Aaron’s best buddies is fascinated with insects. He knows their names, what they eat and all sorts of interesting tidbits about insect habitats. He’s an adorable 5-year-old bug encyclopedia, and he’s convinced my son that bug hunting is more fun than bike riding.

Now, when they bring me pockets full of beetles and want to use kitchen containers to build homes for their new multiple-leg friends, I’m supposed to look with awe or interest. There’s no screaming allowed and they even expect me to touch the damn things and at least feign fascination. I don’t like it when rules change unexpectedly and without my permission. This mom is bug phobic and I kind of liked it that way, but like most things related to parenting I supposed I’m going to have to put on my big girl panties, suck it up and put away the bug spray.

Maybe the fact that I spent a good part of Mother’s Day trying really hard not to flinch or scream every time the boys proudly brought a new capture for me to inspect was karmic pay back for my own childhood. I thought it was admirable fun to provide my mom with scream-worthy moments. Like when I caught a frog, put it inside a brown paper bag, carefully carried it to my mom and told her there was a present inside. She took the brown sac from my hands, gently pulled the top open to peer inside just as that frog decided to jump.

Sorry Mom, but I still laugh out loud when I remember the expression on your face, the scream that rocked tree tops, and the fact that you jumped higher than any frog could dream.

Hope you all had a fun Mother’s Day!

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16 comments to Boys and Bugs

  • donna

    I was wondering if you would tell the frog story. I guess that I can only say that pay-back is a b—h.However I must say that I was not afraid of the frog I was startled by the movement in the bag.
    I can only sit and picture you with all of those bugs and your fear. I know that you would just love to run.
    I must admit that it does give me just a tiny bit of ha ha you deserve it. Iam Proud of you for sucking it up and dealing with it. They are just being little boys.
    I guess that I was lucky that I did not have any of my children bring me bugs or snakes. I did not have to check pockets for any of that.
    Great post, had a good laugh.
    XOXOX

  • We have three bug hates and two bug shruggers. Myself and the Mother Hen shrug at bugs. The others run and scream. Bear is terrified of spiders. So, the Mother Hen and I must shoo all creepy crawlies outside. It is very entertaining to see the younger two scream and jump on chairs.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Pancakes

  • Jan

    I’m not fond of bugs, but spiders don’t bother me (in fact, I share a little of Aaron’s buddy’s fascination with them). June Bugs gross me out, though, for some reason.

    I don’t recall if Oldest Son has an aversion to insects, although The Young One definitely does – he won’t scream like a girl, but he’ll definitely back off and get someone else to deal with it (boy, is HIS future wife in for a fun time). Darling Daughter, on the other hand, thinks they’re cool and would be right outside with Aaron and his friend…and would probably show them how to dissect one with a butter knife (yes, I have some small experience with that whole scenario).

    Jans last blog post..Killa Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Oh yes . . . I spent a good part of Mother’s Day in the garden, with Maggie finding grubs and earthworms and making little houses for them out of tulip leaves.

    Elaine at Lipstickdailys last blog post..Say Hey, Sis

  • Tricia

    @Donna: I suppose you’re entitled to a little bit of “ha ha” at my expense. xoxo

    @WickedStepMom: Hey, it’s not fair to laugh at those of us who jump on furniture :o ) I’m working my way to having shrug ability. I don’t think I’m going to have much choice.

    @Jan: I’m now removing all butter knives from the house…just in case you decide to send Aaron a tutorial.

    @Elaine: Ahhh. How cute that she was making houses out of tulip leaves.

  • The kids at school were crowded around something the other day. “It’s a poisonous caterpillar!” one of them tattled. It was a black spiky thing, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t poisonous! I didn’t tell them that, however. Otherwise the poor thing would have been picked up and squished by many small hands.

    We have also had a lot of ladybugs and the kids, both boys and girls, are fascinated by them.

    Smalltown Moms last blog post..A Case of the Mondays

  • Cute! I guess I should be glad that Logan’s obsession is with dinosaurs!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Finding Center

  • My daughter works as a nanny/tutor for a family with four children uner the age of seven, three girls and a boy. She said the boy’s favorite book is a huge volume all about insects.

    Loved your presnet to your mom.

    Pseudos last blog post..Happy Mother’s Day

  • My older children all remove them nicely from thee house, Sammy stomps them and Jacob and Rick like to feed them to the chickens!!!!

    Amy @ Five Flower Moms last blog post..Happy Birthday to ME!!!!!!

  • The frog in the bag? Your poor mom!

    garys last blog post..How does a cow get to the moon?

  • Ah memories! Except at my house the boys weren’t that into bugs. They weren’t scared of them…they just didn’t pay them much attention. My daughter on the other hand was very much into bugs. One day she proudly announced that she and her little friend had found 25 earth worms…I said “Wow, that’s great”.
    I failed to ask her where she put them…she had put them in her pockets and the next day… I found bits and pieces of them all over the clean laundry and washing machine.

    Oh my gosh the stories I cound tell about my little girl…I had three boys and wanted a girl more than anything in the world…fourth try…we got her and she was rougher and tougher than the boys.

    Monicas last blog post..It’s All About Change

  • Ah, yes, the old payback: we get back from our own children what we gave — and then some.

    patoiss last blog post.."They’re Freaks!"

  • Yes Ma’am, you got paid back and your mama got a tiny little laugh out of the whole ordeal. What better Mother’s day could you ask for?? My grands bring me rolly polly’s and want containers and then they insist on keeping them in the house. I’ve finally convinced them that they are not house pets and must stay outside or they’ll die. No one wants to see a dead rolly polly so outside they go. I hope I don’t go to hell for that little white lie. :)

    Midlife Slicess last blog post..What The Hey?

  • I consider myself lucky that my girls will only touch worms.

    movin’ down the roads last blog post..Mama’s Day

  • There’s a reason that God gave me girls. Ewwwww!

    Smart Mouth Broads last blog post..WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SO IN THE FIRST PLACE

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