Monday, April 14, 2008

The little ladybug

Brynlee loves ladybugs - really, she's obsessed. A few weeks ago, I bought her some crock-style mary jane shoes with ladybugs all over them. When I saw them at the store, I knew she had to have them. She loves those shoes, and calls them her "haileebugs".

So, I was excited on Saturday, when we were walking through a parking lot and spied a ladybug crawling on the curb. I told her to come over and look, and sure enough, she was fascinated by the tiny creature.

I put my hand down so that the ladybug could crawl on my fingers, and Bryn loved that even more. It excited her to see the bug crawling on mommy's hands.

"Me hold it," she asked, and held out her hand. I let the ladybug crawl onto the back of her hand, thinking she'd be in heaven.

Instead, she freaked out - simultaneously shaking and swatting at her hand while shrieking frantically. And that poor, poor ladybug. Once a beautiful little creature - it was reduced to a hollow shell and some yellow gunk that Bryn wiped on her jeans.

Later, Bryn recounted the story to Grandma:

I made her (the ladybug) sad. I made her cry. I made her die. (as she mimicked the slapping/shaking/shrieking routine)

14 comments:

The Gatherum Family said...

That is how my kids are with potato bugs, it's so funny!

Anne Marie said...

That is so funny! Kids think they love something, but then realize... it's probably better off dead. That is a cute story, even if it did end in death. I loved her rendition to Grandma.

Julia said...

I love this story. Landon is obsessed with bugs, but he's also secretly afraid unless he can jump on them. We found a huge pile of ants bubbling up on Sunday. He stood there, squatting and yelling at them "BABIES!!! NOOOOO" and then he'd yell "DADDDD!" and then jump. It was pretty funny. He's pretty good at spotting bugs though. He doesn't fall for "there's a bug on the ceiling" in sacrament meeting anymore.

carrie said...

My kids are the same way.... They love lady bugs and potato bugs, too.....only if they ARE NOT on them or touching them. I was so disappointed when my kids FREAKED out the first time I put a potato bug in their hands. OH WELL. :o) BTW,and totally off the subject :o)....I finally got those YUMMY tortillas from Costco. Thank you for telling me about them. I love love love them!!

Cutie Pies said...

That was a great story. That's so cute how she loves lady bugs! Does she still love them? The other day we were going for a walk and both of my kids were in one of those big strollers you hook to a bike, but I was pushing them. A lady bug flew in to their seat. The kids fussed over it for a long time. My 5 yr. old kept saying, "It's a kid". I guess her preschool teacher (Stacie Dougher, remember her?) told them that yellow ones are babies, orange ones are kids, and red ones are adults. Is that true? I don't know.Interesting, thought.

LisserB said...

Chaylyn loves ladybugs too! We have a stand of trees between our place and our neighbors. We must have a few nests of ladybugs, because there are literally hundreds and hundreds of them in a very small area.

Chay doesn't seem to be afraid of them though. She picks up sticks they are crawling on, and doesn't seem to mind when they touch her, though I haven't notice one fully crawl on her yet.

Too bad the ladybug met her demise. Cute rendition to Grandma though. :)

Tiburon said...

Oh my gosh! That is so cute and so sad at the same time. Kids kill me!

Lindsay said...

I love it! You are going to love having this story all written out so you can go back and look on this a remember it - too cute!

Jennifer said...

Awww poor Brynlee I hope it didnt scar her from liking them in the future.

Gina said...

Cute story!! I love how she tells her story to her grandma!! I'm with Bryn...I like bugs as long as they are not crawling on me!!

janae said...

That's such a funny, but sad story!

Omgirl said...

So sad and so funny at the same time! Does she still like ladybugs, or is she afraid of them now?

carrie said...

Christie!! I keep checking in on you to see if you've posted again.... Your guy on American Idol is kicking some serious BUTT, and I've been waiting to hear what you're thinking. ;o) Seriously though....I miss your posts. I count on you for at LEAST two posts a week to make me THINK. :o) (I try to think a little more often than that...but these days, I'm lucky to have a single intelligent thought. hee hee

Lynita said...

What can I say, that is just awesome! We wen't to the zoo recently and Kaitlyn totally freaked out when a butterfly actually landed on her in the Butterfly Gardens! Silly girls, gotta love em!