Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What Kind of Monster Does She Think I Am?

Today I had the baby in the bathroom with me while I took a bath. Unfortunately, she was not the only member of the audience. There was also a cricket waiting patiently to hop at me given half a chance. The baby is not a big fan of the insect world so she gave the cricket a wide berth.

Her sisters have pointed out crickets to her and they think it’s funny when she points and says “Ewww! Ewww!” Of course, I think it’s funny as well. She doesn’t act like she is merely repeating her sisters; she seems to be truly offended by the presence of the crickets.

So if I know there is a cricket in the house, I will ask her where the bug is. Then she’ll point, say “Eww!” and generally avoid going anywhere near it. So then I might ask her if she wants to get the bug. Of course she’s horrified at the notion and she’ll say “No!”

After my bath, I was in the kitchen with the baby, fixing her bottle. She was standing a few feet away, bending over by something on the floor. I walked over to see what she had found and it was a cricket. It was on its back and not moving. I think that must have been the reason that the baby didn’t immediately recognize it. I grabbed the flyswatter and all of a sudden it came back to life. The baby stood way back as I escorted, via flyswatter, the cricket out the back door.

After feeding the baby lunch, I cut up a brownie and put it in a bowl for her. She’s generally a fan of anything sweet so I thought she would like it. I didn’t even give any thought to the fact that she had never had a brownie before. I set the bowl on a rug where she likes to sit and eat snacks.

Me- “Look Baby, it’s a brownie for you. It’s good.”
Baby, looks in bowl, chuckles and refuses to get near it again.
Me- “Come eat your brownie. It’s good.”
Baby- “No!” She was also eyeing the bowl with suspicion.

That’s when I realized what was going on. The baby thought I was giving her a bowl full of crickets.

7 comments:

Sass said...

Seriously, what kind of monster ARE you? ;-)

Thanks for the chuckle. I love to try to see the world through my kids' perspectives. We're pretty scary people, us moms, if you think about it.

Bulldog said...

Simple solution . . . quit making brownies with legs. :o}

J. said...

In some countries, that's a delicacy! I guess only WHOLE brownies will do for Marin.

s said...

You just need to make sure she sees you cut a piece from the pan and crumble it before her eyes. Once she gets acquainted with brownies, you'll have to hide the pan in the future. I wish my mom thought my brownies were really just crickets...

Alex Elliot said...

That's when I would feel I would have no other choice than to eat the part of the brownie. Then again, that might have horrified her more!

Lisa said...

Alex- I DID eat a piece of the brownie to prove that it was safe. She was still suspicious though. It took me forever to convince her that it was food and not bugs...

Antique Mommy said...

Ha! That's funny!