Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Stompin' Apes

We're trying to teach Munchkin to not be afraid of bugs.  He loves to be outside but will run screaming for the hills any time he sees an ant, a bee, a spider, a cricket, etc.  We taught him that he's bigger than ants (or "apes" as he calls them) and that instead of being scared he can just tell them to leave him alone.  This resulted in him "stompin' apes" and yelling "get outta here, apes".

Bees.....well bees suck so we both still run screaming anytime we see one.

Crickets frighten the bajesus out of him (they are quite shifty).

Butterflies are alright with him now.

This morning, Munchkin pointed out there was an "ape" on the ceiling.  I look up and there's a large spider directly above the sofa.  Munchkin tells me to "whack with magagine" (kill it with a rolled up magazine).  The flaw in this plan is I'm 5'2" and can't quite reach with a magagine without the possibility of said spider landing on top of said Munchkin.  So I calmly tell him we'll leave the spider alone and he'll leave us alone, all the while keeping a keen eye on the stupid spider I can't reach to kill.

"Where pider, mama?" Munchkin says a few minutes later.  I look up......where the fuck is the spider?!!?

In the interest of keeping Munchkin calm and not making him freak out and cry, I calmly tell him that the spider probably went home.  Calm, cool, collected.  No big deal.

The dialog inside my head went something more like this: "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit. where did it go? It's going to come at me. It's going to DROP FROM THE CEILING and come right at me!!! oh shit, oh shit, oh shit."

That's right; calm, cool and collected.


Kelcy Workman said...

The girls do that too. I bought them giant Fly Swatters from Dollar Tree. They call them their moth swatters. Edie will scream and shake, pure fear, if anything comes near her. I use a swiffer for killing spiders. All spiders. Near or far, it's my spider killers. Girls will take it and kill them now too. That way we don't have to get too close.

Marty said...

Hey, Katy.
Do you have a Facebook presence? I shared your post about what it's like in the NICU with a couple who's going through that right now and it's got everybody bawling. Thank you for that. If you are on FB, look up Brynlee Cordell.
Thanks a million!
You're a very good writer, BTW. Keep it up!

Katy LaRoo said...


Thank you so much for the kind words. It makes my heart so happy to know my writing is helping other people. I write through my pain to make myself feel better and it's an even greater bonus when it helps other people as well! How did you find my blog originally? I will look up Brynlee on FB. Do the parents run the FB for Brynlee?

Marty said...

I found your blog from a comment you left on a site about the cost of an NICU stay. Yes, the parents (and I) are running the FB page. Drop by and leave them a comment! Thanks