Friday, September 26, 2008

Facing Fears

Answer: Two weeks and one day.

Question: How long can we expect between installation of the new carpet and the first instance of sickness on it?

And we've been living on the carpet for less than two weeks.

Today, I faced two great mothering fears. First Daughter got sick and I cleaned her and it (mostly) up by myself. (I even caught some of it which seemed impossibly disgusting before but today I didn't even think about it until after the fact.)

Then, in preparing First Daughter's bath, I discovered a ginormous spider in the tub. I killed and disposed of it all by myself.

I won't say I've conquered the fears, and I certainly wasn't a pretty sight this afternoon. I think I was crying as much as First Daughter, and Second Daughter was blasting away from her swing while I was attending to other matters (which probably contributed to my tears as well). Now that I think about it again, that spider still gives me the shivers.

I'm struck, though, by what I can do when I focus on my children and their needs rather than myself. I did not want to face that spider. I seriously considered leaving it in the tub until Kansas Dad could come home and finish it off, but my little girl was standing there, spattered with sickness and crying even more because that spider was crawling on her rubber ducky and I just knew I had to take care of her (and therefore, it). So, death by flyswatter, a quick rinse of the tub, and First Daughter had her bath.


  1. Isn't it amazing the accomplishments that give us so much satisfaction? I'm sure I would have had to scream as I was swatting the darn thing.

    I have an irrational fear of centipedes, and earwigs. I'm ok with catching puke, tho. It's oddly instinctive for me.

    Now, off to my bug nightmares. Shudder.

  2. Yikes! I don't do spiders. I have a bad habit of putting a cup or something over them and waiting for my husband to dispose of them later. Other bugs are fine...just not spiders! Of course if you need the tub, then you just gotta do what you gotta do! I feel your pain on the vomit...our previous house was mostly laminate flooring, but the children still managed to make it to the carpet when they got sick!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad you're enjoying our adventures in NYC. I'm a country girl at heart, though, and a farm in Kansas sounds really nice!

  3. Hi Jenny, Thanks for stopping by. My mother-in-law used to cover her bugs with glasses, too. My kids would love that, though I'm pretty sure the bug would be freed from its jail by one of the older two before Kansas Dad got home to deal with it.

    I have caught crickets in First Son's butterfly net, but mostly I like to ignore any bugs or spiders I find in the house. I just pretend they're not there unless Kansas Dad is home to take care of them!


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