Lately when it rains a lot at our house, these little centipede or millipede things come crawling in for refuge. I hate them. I kill them every time I see one.
Well, one day this week when I took the pictures of Claire's new hair bow, I saw her run down the hall and then she stopped, looked down, jumped, screamed, and came tearing back down the hall, through the kitchen, and into the living room crying. I couldn't figure out what happened so I went to the spot where she seemed to get scared and noticed a small, 1" centipede on the floor.
Once I realized what had scared her, I couldn't help but laugh. This child has literally not been scared of anything except doctors/medical things and the vacuum cleaner. So it was totally out of character for her to get freaked out over a tiny little bug.
Cue the bad mom part - since this was
really somewhat funny, I went and scooped up the bug, and put him in the open floor area of the kitchen to see if she would do it again. Claire noticed me doing it and stayed far away by the couch. Eventually, she came walking slowly into the kitchen. I grabbed my camera as fast as I could to try to catch her reaction...........
I know, aren't I terrible!?!?!?!?! It was hilarious! I honestly do not normally try to invoke fear into my child at all. But to see her react this way for the first time other than to something medical was something new. She is learning her likes and dislikes and fears and excitement. It's fun to watch her personality take on a whole new form.
I finally killed the bug in front of her and got rid of him. It took her a while to come back in the kitchen. Then during supper I noticed she kept looking over the side of her chair to see if the bug was still there.
|The scary bug|
So even though she is one of the toughest people I know, she still has some fears and weaknesses. At least it's just over a bug! :)
The Scott Family