Saturday, January 24, 2009

The mysterious case of the disappearing earthworm....

As much as I dislike all things creepy and crawly, I put on a brave face when my kids want to explore nature. They are curious about everything life has to offer, including spiders, beetles, and lizards. And I encourage them, even if it does make me want to toss my cookies just being within 3 feet of an insect or amphibian (are lizards amphibians? or mammals? or reptiles?).

Yesterday, we had a few rain showers and I went out to get the mail when we got a little break between showers. Our whole street and driveway were covered with earthworms, big and small. I knew the kids would get excited over this so I called out to them to come outside...and added "don't forget to grab my camera" (because I know a good blogging opportunity when I see it).


After examining the poor earthworm who is the subject of the above picture (and debating over which end was the head and which end was the tail), we got him to climb on a stick and we moved him up near our front door. Bella was convinced he would get run over by a car if we left him in the street. "But what about all the other earthworms?", I asked. She shrugged her shoulders and said, "well, we can't save them ALL". Cole added, "yeah, we're just kids...but I bet Superman will come by and save them because he's nice like that".

Later in the evening, after dinner, the kids were dying to go outside and see if our poor earthworm was still there. The kids were excited that he was still laying in the same place they had placed him on our front porch and proclaimed, "we saved the earthworm!!" Cole said, "we're just like the Wonder Pets!"

But I wasn't so sure the poor earthworm was actually alive. Cole went inside and grabbed my camera for me and wanted me to do a video. Such sentimental little ones, aren't they? A video of an earthworm?! Apparently, that was the highlight of their day. Not the fact that I had lovingly made them PB&J sandwiches, in which I had not only cut the crusts off but also used a heart-shape cookie cutter to emphasize the love I put into making those sandwiches. And certainly not the fact that I had spent most of the afternoon doing a cute little art project with them...oh yes, I had actually sat there for a good 20 minutes constructing a train track out of uncooked spaghetti because that's the kinda mother I am.

Nope! The earthworm was the most exciting part of their day. I suppose they had that right and who am I to take away that excitement away from them? But it sure would've been nice to hear "Mom, the earthworm is really cool but we had a blast doing that art project with you....oh, and the PB&J sandwiches were awesome...we appreciate the time you took to cut them into heart shapes!" And it sure would've been nice if, after they said that, they would've embraced me with their little arms in a tight hug and planted angel kisses on my cheeks, while adding, "You're the best mom ever!"

Whew, I sure got off track there, didn't I? I didn't mean for this to turn into an online therapy session where I emotionally purge all my inner demons. So getting back to the story at hand, I began to video the beloved earthworm and...lo and behold, the dang thing WAS alive. I have to admit that even I got a little excited (I won't go as far as to say I got teary-eyed though). And then right before our eyes, in a matter of 35 seconds, he magically disappeared.

video

The case of the disappearing earthworm has since been solved. After denying that it was his foot shown in the above video, claiming that he has a twin brother with the same exact sized feet as him, the CSI unit found traces of earthworm remains in between Landon's toes. He was found guilty of 1st degree murder. His siblings felt they had no choice in their decision, based on the fact that it was pre-meditated. Landon was sentenced to house arrest for a period of 2 minutes. Thereafter, he was ordered to serve community service, going around educating other young children on the prevention of earthworm genocide.

22 comments:

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Cute story! I have a huge bug lover at home and even digs for worms in my garden and saves them in a bucket! Thanks for purging your feeling of discontent about Mom vs worm! I feel that way all the time! I get excited about the stuff I do with my girls and they are more excited about the cat pooing in the liter box! Kids HUH!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your ability to capture blogger-riffic photos when you see them, Helene, never ceases to amaze me. Is your camera always in your pocket?

Why don't we follow you? We read each and every post that you write. Let's take care of that today, shall we? :)

-Francesca

eight helping hands said...

You crack me up! I appreciated your handy dandy art work, I love your train. I also appreciate the fact that you cut sandwiches into heart shapes, cuz now I'm going to steal the idea and do it for my kids.
What's it like to have a "killer" in the family. Just kidding!

barb said...

Cute!

Chris said...

Rain and Earthworms, I am actually jealous. I am so ready for spring. I don't want any more cold, dry air and snow. Bring on the rain and earthworms!

Lana said...

Oh my goodness! I love how you freak out about them holding the worm after you realise it's still alive. hee hee. I can't believe Landon stomped on the worm... EW!! That's what would have grossed me out!

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

Listening to you get grossed out at the touching of the earthworm was definitely the highlight of my week! That was hilarious! And then the stomping... well, now that was just sick.

Stacey said...

OMG, Helene! Your reaction is priceless! That poor little earthworm, though. I'm glad his killer was caught and punished. Good thing you had your handy dandy camera at the ready to capture it all on film. Hopefully said killer understands the consequences to his crime and won't kill again. ;o)

~Stacey

newlyweds said...

Great story, that was too cute. I just laughed so hard at the earthworn smoosh.

Hajar said...

This is hilarious!

Sharlene said...

I remember my earthworm saving days well. Its ice to know there are little ones carrying on the tradition. How would the earthworm population survive without children?

Debbie said...

My husband used to say that God made extra earthworms because of little boys.

Yaya said...

Hahaha! Earthworms are our turtle's favorite food!

Connie said...

You are too funny! I loved the video and the writing that went along with it. You're a great Mom who knows how to have fun.

Nancy said...

OH My! LOL Poor Landon... no scratch that. Poor You! I also have problems with all the creepy crawly things. I've had to be rescued from errant lizards by my 11 year old.. :P

Morgan said...

poor earthworm. oh well, like your son said, you can't save them all!

Angela said...

Sometimes it's just those little odd things that excite them the most. I know one day I'm going to have to face a snake if my son keeps exploring the way he does but my attitude is, if he isn't afraid, I shouldn't be either.......we'll see how that goes.

Creative Junkie said...

omg.

earthworm on foot = my climbing out of my skin and running for the hills.

I don't do worms. Or feet. Or feet on earthworms.

You're a better mother than I to be able to film that and not pass out.

I need to take a shower in bleach now.

Jen said...

OMG Heen, that is too funny! Poor little earthworm! Did you wash the hands and feet 15 times when he got in the house?

Jen said...

OMG Heen, that is too funny! Poor little earthworm! Did you wash the hands and feet 15 times when he got in the house?

twinmama said...

I loved the video and your reaction was priceless. I would have done the same thing if one of my girls would have picked it up.

We have little lady bug looking beetles at our house (its winter, I don't know why we are still here.) The girls pick them up and hand them to me and when I realize what it is, I freak out. I have been trying to be humane since I want them to teach them to love all creatures, but I don't care of creepy crawly things either.

Christina said...

I am laughing so hard right now! Your kids are so sweet and loving towards the worm....i cant believe you almost gagged! i would of too!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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