Things My Daughter Learns at School

Nov 2, 2009

Let me preface this by saying that I am thrilled my daughter learns as much in school as she does. She loves school and is always coming home with a plethora of facts which she likes to share with us. Most of the time, I am excited to hear what she’s recently learned. I love hearing about how Abraham Lincoln never got to live in the White House or how if there’s a fire, you need to “stop, drop and roll.”

There are some facts, however, that I wish she didn’t learn. Or, should I say, if she did learn them, she didn’t feel the need to share them with me.

I’ll give you an example. Recently, our home seems to be inundated with moths. (Okay, when I say inundated, I mean I’ve come across about 5 in the past 2 days.) But, to me, that’s 5 too many. I don’t know where they are coming from, but I wish they’d go back home.

Last night, during dinner, one particular moth and I played “hide and seek.” I eventually won this game and the moth found its way into our trash can. When I sat back down at the table, Jordan said to me, “Did you kill it?”

“Yes,” I told her.

“Good,” she said, “Because you know, if that were a female moth, and you didn’t catch her, she’d lay eggs all over our house.” With that said, she took another bite of her dinner.

I, however, felt the need to put down my fork after the comment.

“Jordan,” I sighed. “That’s just gross.”

“It’s true,” she said calmly.

“I don’t care if it’s true. It’s disgusting. Don’t talk about stuff like that!” We then continued on with our meal.

I had all but forgotten about that conversation, and our moth situation, until tonight. I was putting my three-year-old son, Bennett, to bed when Jordan called out to me from the bathroom, “Mommy! There’s a moth in the bathroom!”

Ick, I thought. Another one.

As I was walking towards the bathroom, Jordan was running out of it. I went inside and looked around. “I don’t see it,” I called to her.

“It’s in the tub,” she yelled back.

I looked under a few baths toys and sure enough, the moth flew out of the shower.

I quickly closed the door to the room and began my battle, fly swatter in hand.

I imagine that if this struggle, between me and the moth, had been caught on tape, it would be a big hit on YouTube. There was a lot of screaming involved, mostly by me (maybe some by the moth – do moths scream?). And a lot of swatting at my hair as the moth seemed to attack me and fly into my head, over and over again.

And then, all of a sudden, the moth made a surprise move. It flew under our door and into the hallway.

Under the door? I didn’t even know that was possible. But, as it turns out, it is – at least, for a moth.

I opened the door to the bathroom and saw my two oldest kids standing there, staring at me.

“Did you kill it?” my three year old asked.

“No,” I said, frustrated. “It got away.”

“Where is it now?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I told him. “Somewhere . . .”

We all stood around, glancing from wall to wall, searching for the moth.

Where could it have gone? I wondered.

I was about to give up when I heard my daughter, very calmly and dryly say, “Pretty soon we’ll all be sleeping on eggs.”

Leave it to my daughter to always have a positive spin on a situation.

But, I must admit, her comment gave me a renewed determination to find that moth. I wasn’t exactly sure if she was correct about the eggs, but I also wasn’t taking any chances either.

To make a long story a little bit longer, the moth ultimately lost the battle and my children ended up in bed, sans any moth eggs (at least, I hope).

Yes, I am happy that my daughter can take what she learns in the classroom and apply it to her everyday life. However, I must say, when her lessons revolve around insects, I think I’d prefer she keep some of that knowledge to herself.


April said...

LOL!!! Oh my gosh! I know they're gross... but this story had me laughing so much!!! I wonder why they like your home so much. We have tons of ladybugs all over our house! Inside and out. I love ladybugs... but not having them IN my home!

Jenny said...

That is too funny! And gross...I didn't want to know that about moths. Good luck in your fight against them!

Tracie said...

"pretty soon we will all be sleeping on eggs" it! You have one smart kid (even if she shares unwanted knowledge!)

JosiahsMommy said...

Lol. That's one smart cookie. Her teenage years should be interesting!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

Funny and gross!

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