As I may have mentioned once or a hundred times, I love summer for the simple fact that we can be outside, which is a lot less crazy making than all four (sometimes five, sometimes six) of us daytime house dwellers bouncing off the walls.
Unfortunately, all of my kids hate bugs. I mean haaaate bugs. Lily freaks out at the sight of ants, and points angrily at the sidewalk.
“The ants can be outside, Lily. They live here.”
“No. You make them go away.”
“Ants are fine, Lily.”
“Dey not gonna eat me?”
“I no yike them. I step on them.” Repeat as often as you see ants.
Today, though, all three girls suddenly ran past me in the front yard and into the house.
“Wasps!” Anna yelled as she slammed the screen door.
“What?” I looked around. I saw no wasps.
“They’re going to suck my blood!” she continued, while they all three ran dramatically around the living room. Five seconds in and I was pining for the great outdoors.
“Wasps are tiny and they suck my blood,” Anna informed me.
“Oh! Those are mosquitos!” I said, relieved that I was not going to have to hunt for a wasp nest any time soon. The one in our shed last summer was fairly exciting. (Protip - poison ivy killer will not kill wasps and that’s saying something. Poison ivy killer WILL kill poison ivy and grass and any other nearby plants like a BOSS.)
“Mosquitos!” Mary said, in an “I can’t believe I forgot this!” tone of voice. “Are they like flies?”
“Well no…not exactly.”
“Why do mosquito bites itch? Why do they drink blood? Do they only get a little at a time?” Mary continued. I attempted to answer the first, then moved on to “because it’s food for them” and concluded with “well, yes, but they’re tiny so they only need a little at a time.”
“So they’re pretending to be flies?” Anna asked.
“No, honey, they’re different insects.”
“But they fly and -”
“Yeah and they’re not smart like flies,” Mary added with finality, at which point they were done with the conversation and moved onto other pressing topics like the color of the stripe on Snow White’s dress. (It’s not yellow and Mommy clearly lacks brain cells for thinking so, in case you were wondering.)
Well, not all of us can be as smart as flies, I guess.