[Scene: We’re sitting in the downstairs family room and I’m on the couch with my back to Liam who is building an epic railway with his wooden train tracks.]
Liam: Hey, Mama! I see a bug!
Shannon: (assuming it’s another of the ladybugs who seem to be popping up all over the house these days) Oh, that’s neat! What kind of bug is it?
Liam: Oh, I don’t know. I’m just watchin’ it crawling around. I’m just gonna play with it for a little while, Mama.
Shannon: (turning around to watch what’s happening) Well, let me see what it is (realizing it is NOT a ladybug). Oh dear, Liam! Let’s not touch that, okay?
Liam: Why? What is it? What kind of bug is it?
Shannon: I think it’s a scorpion. I’m not exactly sure, but it definitely has pinschers and you’re not allowed to touch it, okay? Let me go get a shoe to smash it. I’ll be right back. (while running upstairs to get a shoe) You just stand there and keep an eye on it, okay?
Liam: Okay, Mama. Okay. I’ll do that. I’ll just stay here and watch the bug for a little bit. I’ll play with it.
Shannon: (yelling from upstairs) Buddy, you may watch it, but please don’t touch.
Liam: Okay, Mama.
Shannon: (running back downstairs with shoe in hand) Okay Buddy, I’m going to take care of it.
Liam: Oh, Mama! We were just playing together. He’s my best friend, so let’s be so nice to him, okay?
In my defense I did pause for a second before smashing that sucker with the shoe. During that pause, however, I did not think about whether I should smash the bug. I did think about making sure to get Liam some playdates with actual people this summer…