[Scene:Â 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:Â Hey, Mama!Â 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!Â What kind of bug is it?
Liam:Â Oh, I don’t know.Â I’m just watchin’ it crawling around.Â 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).Â Oh dear, Liam!Â Let’s not touch that, okay?
Liam:Â Why?Â What is it?Â What kind of bug is it?
Shannon:Â I think it’s a scorpion.Â I’m not exactly sure, but it definitely has pinschers and you’re not allowed to touch it, okay?Â Let me go get a shoe to smash it.Â I’ll be right back.Â (while running upstairs to get a shoe) You just stand there and keep an eye on it, okay?
Liam:Â Okay, Mama.Â Okay.Â I’ll do that.Â I’ll just stay here and watch the bug for a little bit.Â I’ll play with it.
Shannon:Â (yelling from upstairs) Buddy, you may watch it, but please don’t touch.
Liam:Â Okay, Mama.
Shannon:Â (running back downstairs with shoe in hand) Okay Buddy, I’m going to take care of it.
Liam:Â Oh, Mama!Â We were just playing together.Â 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.Â During that pause, however, I did not think about whether I should smash the bug.Â I did think about making sure to get Liam some playdates with actual people this summer…