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Bugs and Standing on Chairs

January 3, 2010

Quite often in movies, women are portrayed as being afraid of bugs or mice or anything really. They all inevitably climb up on top of a chair and scream at the top of their lungs at the first sight of something moving. I am not that type of person. I am not a fan of bugs, but I certainly don’t scream and climb on furniture (for those of you who don’t “know” me on Facebook,  I’ll share my black widow pictures as proof that I don’t run!)

So I assumed that the chair-climbing reaction must have been taught at some point in time. Apparently I am wrong.

This morning, the girls wanted to play in the bouncer, so I told them they needed to clean up the playroom and I would bring the bouncer in (it’s a bit too chilly to put it outside this morning).

Just as they finished cleaning (really just shifting the big stuff to the other side of the playroom), the Big One spotted a bug on the carpet. She screamed, “MOMMY!!!! A BUG!” and proceeded to scuttle her way up on top of a small stool that sits at a little vanity in one corner of the playroom.

Astonished at her ability to get her entire body up on top of this tiny stool, it took everything I had to not laugh out loud at her. Her fear was real, no doubt about it, but the reaction was hysterical.

I have never in her life demonstrated that type of fear, so where she learned to scream and climb on top of the stool in beyond me.

As she clung to the stool for dear life, I simply grabbed a napkin and picked up the bug… the classic part of the story. The bug wasn’t even moving,  it was dead.

I wish I would have taken a picture of her on the stool… maybe next time!

Black widow picture to come

turn away if you don’t like spiders

I warned you

This was in the garage… sorry for those of you who’ve seen it on Facebook (I will spare the photo of after she met with my shoe!)

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