Monday, September 10, 2007

Now She's Up!

My day started out horribly, but ended wonderfully. Someone, please pass the Super Mom Award. LOL!
This morning Joshua was upset that he couldn't find a bug to feed his praying mantis and was concerned it was going to starve and die while he was at school. (Which, therefore, made school a terrible place to be.) He was upset with me because he didn't think I care as much about the praying mantis as he does. (Got me there!) He thought I was unreasonable for not going to the pet store to buy crickets to feed said mantis.
Well, the good news is Joshua found two grasshoppers at recess and since I had packed a snack for him in a ziploc bag he was able to use the bag to transport the bugs home. And I was given "credit" for helping him get bugs for the praying mantis. Bonus! Spot (the praying mantis) immediately enjoyed one of the grasshoppers, Joshua was happy, and I got placed back on his "good list." Oh, I'm happy!
Then Elizabeth told me she and a friend were talking about going to each other's house to make a cake for their class at school. In trying to decide whose kitchen they should use, Elizabeth's friend asked, "What's your mom like with messes?" Elizabeth said, "Oh, she's OK with it as long as you clean it up." And her friend said, "Then let's do it at your house. My mom is too picky."
What's this? Someone is preferring me as the less uptight option??? That makes me happy!
And when I tucked the kids into bed tonight, Joshua called me back into his room to tell me something *important.* In school today he had to write in a journal about what he's been doing lately. He wrote about the bugs he's been playing with. (For the record, Ring died and is now on the bug board. Spot is the new praying mantis. We have two grasshoppers - of the non-food-for-Spot variety - and one large dragonfly which used to be flying around Joshua's room and is now proudly displayed on the bug board.) Tonight he told me he also wrote he knows I love him because I'm letting him have these bugs in the house. Yep, for the love of Joshua. No way I'd allow it otherwise!
Honestly, I'm not real crazy about these critters, except it does give us opportunity to talk about God's creativity and attention to detail when we examine Jumper close up. More than that, though, it makes me very happy to know these little bugs in the house help Joshua know I love him so much!

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KarenW said...

Glad you had a good ending to your day. I'm not much of a critter fan either. I hope it's a long time before we have to do a bug collection- like maybe never!

annie said...

I pass the torch!

Although, I actually remembered to send lunch money, Emelia wore shoes and was ON TIME to honor choir, and Amanda didn't walk in to high school while the tardy bell was ringing! I'm a close second today!

Have a wonderful Tuesday Karen.

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Queen Of My Domain said...

I'm glad your day ended better. I think it's great that your kids know you aren't so uptight about a mess. Hope you have an uneventful bug day.

kreed said...

I can only aspire to be the less uptight mom option - that would truly be a miracle!

My husband tells me that we would have to get a permit from the USDA to ship the mantis egg sac legally (darn the biology professor knowing his bug shipping rules!), so as completely bummed as I am about turing down your egg sac, I suppose I better set a good legal example! Tell your kids we would have loved nothing more than to hatch their critters (b/c I honestly do love bugs!) and a million thank yous for thinking of us and being so generous! I did find an online source for wingless fruit flies to feed the larvae if you have mantis larvae feeding issues!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I am laughing that I posted today about killing bugs. You are starting a bug haven! I will spread the word to all my bugs that you are much friendler (and less uptight). :)

LoveMyStarr said...

I loved this story! And it's about bugs -- those icky, sometimes slimy creatures that freak me out!

Marcia said...

I love what your daughter said to her friend!

That is high praise indeed :)

On Friday night I heard the most awful crash of dishes in the kitchen (while I was coaching online) so I shouted to Dion (husband), "everything okay?" and he said, "um, yes" and I calmly carried on. I was most impressed with myself :)