Some kids (and some of us moms) are spooked by crawly critters, and some kids are fascinated with them. My niece Jaimie was one such child. As a one-year- old, she preferred books about snakes and spiders, but her three-year-old sister Tahnee never shared that love for crawling things.
Their mom, Debbie, told me the girls spent their yard time with Tahnee in the swing and Jaimie hunting for bugs. One day Jaimie discovered a real prize, a large, shiny black beetle with Z-shaped legs. Debbie drew a circle in the dirt and scooted the beetle with a piece of bark to the middle of the circle, careful not to touch it herself. Jaimie spent her play time keeping Mr. Beetle from escaping from the circle.
Debbie alternated between pushing Tahnee in the swing and coming back to help Mr. Beetle stay where Jaimie wanted him. This went on for quite a while until Jaimie squealed and Debbie ran over to her, only to discover Mr. Beetle had finally escaped. Debbie searched everywhere, even digging in the dirt. She was actually happy Mr. Beetle had found his freedom at last.
“I gave up and put Jaimie on my lap to explain that he was gone,” Debbie said. “I almost screamed when I looked into her adorable round little face to see one of those Z-shaped shiny black legs sticking out of her mouth! She had found a way for him not to escape.”
After retrieving Mr. Beetle and letting him scurry away, Debbie held her crying baby girl. “She wanted him back, and I just laughed.”
I don’t know how you feel, but the thought of that bug in the baby’s mouth gives me the heebie jeebies!
This Youtube video is creepy, too, but really interesting. If you have bug-lovin’ kids, they’ll want to watch this. It features the largest spider in the world, a Goliath Tarantula.
I think its defense mechanism is fascinating!
How do you feel about crawly things? How about your kids? Have you had any freaky bug or spider episodes you’d like to share?
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