“Super Bug Spray”

Monday, Brian stayed home from work, so we decided to get some yardwork done.  Brian went and picked up a load of topsoil to fill in a bed in the front yard that desperately needed to be redone.  When the boys’ naptime rolled around, it was time to get going.  So, Brian, Em and I went out to the front yard to begin hauling and spreading the dirt.  Emily has recently developed an irrational fear of bugs.  As soon as the first fly buzzed past her, she started freaking out.  She was screaming, stomping, shaking, and begging to go inside.  We really needed to take advantage of naptime, so we did everything we could to try to convince her that the bugs would not hurt her and she needed to stay outside with us.  After unsuccessfully calming down our daughter, we sent her inside where she stood staring out the window, tears streaming because she didn’t want to be alone.  I once again tried to convince her to come outside to no avail.  Suddenly, my brilliant husband came up with the best idea.  He asked Em if she’d like some “Super Bug Spray” to keep the bugs off of her and scare them away.  Immediately, the tears were gone and she was excited to use this wonderful new invention.  So came forth our spray bottle filled with water, often used to tame the kids’ bedhead.  It didn’t matter that she’d seen this very spray bottle on many occasions and knew it was filled with water.  All that mattered was that daddy said this magical bottle would protect her and she believed it.  That little girl spent the rest of the afternoon spraying herself, her surroundings and any bugs that dared get too close.  It was hilarious.  She was chasing ants across the driveway, spraying them and yelling at them to go away.  We convinced her that the spray was working to scare them.  She soaked the trailer, the wheelbarrow, the driveway, her clothing, all because it would keep them bug-free.  It’s amazing the silly things a child will believe just to feel a little safer.  I think it’s going to be a while before Emily will venture outside without her magical spray bottle, but if it means I can get her outside this summer, the little white lie is so worth it.  I’m even thinking of getting a different sprayer that I can label “Super Bug Spray” for her.  I think she’d really like that…

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2 responses to ““Super Bug Spray”

  1. Awwww! Daddy to the rescue 🙂

  2. Shannon

    Yep, my mom invented “Monster Spray”. Nothing more than nasty smelling bug-spray, but it sure did the trick!

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