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Bugging Out
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I know you want to learn who won yesterday’s prize, but you’ll have to read to the bottom to find out!

The red-headed hellion called to tell me that the five-year-old is safely at school. There were tears in her voice. It’s the little one’s first day of kindergarden. She’d gotten up at the crack of dawn, had her clothes on and her backpack slung over her shoulder. Kel had to disappoint her by telling her she needed a bath first.

After the call, I walked outside with the Sheltie. He’d spent the night cowering next to my bed because of last night’s thunderstorm. As I was coming back into the house I saw a cluster of daddly-long-legs spiders above my doorway. Okay, so I know most people would grab a broom or the hose and brush them away, but I stood beneath to watch them. Most of them were clustered very tightly and looked like a big hairy armpit that was vibrating. You’ve seen the way they dance, right? Bouncing together. The ones not clumped together were lined up with one leg touching the next one. It kind of looked like group foreplay.

I know that was wierd, but I love to watch things. Don’t much like bugs, but I will pick up crickets trapped in my pool and set them on the ground. One day, the five-year-old was outside with me and got down on her hands and knees to get eye-level with a caterpillar. Her lips were moving, so I walked closer. She turned, scowling at me. “Why won’t it talk back?”

It took me a minute to answer. I was fighting laughter because we’d recently watched The Bee Movie. Once I had control, I told her she couldn’t hear it because its mouth was too small. I know, bad Nina.

My daughter still gripes about the little lies I told her when she was young. To get her to brush her teeth I told her there were little bugs in her mouth that would eat her teeth if she didn’t brush them away. When she was eleven and sitting in Health class at school, her teacher asked the class if anyone knew what caused tooth decay. Yeah, you can guess what happened. It was like a scene from The Water Boy. “My mamma said…”

Yesterday’s winner of a free download of Love Bites is (by random number generator)…Sonya!

8 comments to “Bugging Out”

  1. Paula
    · August 19th, 2009 at 10:36 am · Link

    You are so funny. That made me laugh out loud. I cried when my daughter went off to kindergarden. I even followed the bus to school.
    Congrats to Sonya. You will love this book.

  2. Delilah
    · August 19th, 2009 at 10:42 am · Link

    Paula! Hee! My daughter didn’t laugh when the teacher gave her that “your-mama-is-an-idiot” look.

  3. Heather Brewer
    · August 19th, 2009 at 11:00 am · Link

    I love reading your blogs. I have 2 co-workers that both sent their 5 y/o off to kindergarten today.

    I remember when I took my daughter to school for the 1st time (headstart program @ 4 y/o) she ran into the room and didn’t even look back at me. I was the one that was sniffling when I left – she wouldn’t even say bye to me.

  4. Delilah
    · August 19th, 2009 at 11:27 am · Link

    Heather B! Thanks, I’m just thrilled someone reads it. I had to drag my son to class the first time, then he hid under the desk. My daughter never looked back. I too was crushed.

  5. SonyaM
    · August 19th, 2009 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Nina – this Nona loves your response. Too funny.

    And, thank you, thank you very much. I am excited and look forward to Love Bites! Yea!

  6. Delilah
    · August 19th, 2009 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Sonya! You’re very, very welcome. Hope you love it!

  7. Brandy Walker
    · August 19th, 2009 at 5:55 pm · Link

    I wonder if its too late to work that tooth bug theory in with the kids. 😉

  8. Fedora
    · August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 pm · Link

    LOL! I’m terrified to think what will happen when my kids start comparing notes with their friends about some topics… Congrats, Sonya!

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