June 28, 2005

Mom The Wasp Killer

ArmyWifeToddlerMom had this scary 'day in the life of Mom story' about her sweet babies and a wasp and how she saved their lives. OK, so that’s not how she put it, but that is a phrase we use here a lot in the House of Bou. Something happens, I come to the rescue and I say, “Saved your life!” Or likewise I get from one of the boys, “Whew, Mom, you saved my life!”

Rescuing them from hornets, wasps, bees, and bugs that bite fall into the ‘Saved your life’ category among myriad other instances we have experienced, like catching someone when they're falling.

So this of course reminded me of a story.

Before I started blogging, I used to e-mail my family and friends stories that happened with my boys. My Mother encouraged me to save them, which I have, hence every now and then; you see them on my blog… like the 5 Part Rat Series.

Below is an e-mail I sent two years ago and below that, is a picture of my eldest boys, prepared to do battle with a mad wasp, trapped in our home. Take note of the weapon of choice. Those who know me know that my life truly is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", in reverse.

And the reference to the frog at the end… you’ll have to wait for that e-mail to resurrect itself on my blog. Life is never dull in this home with three boys.

Consider this my Karnival of the Kids entry…

Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 4:37 PM
Subject: Mom the Wasp Killer

Why did someone not inform me that when you sign up for Motherhood, you become the official wasp killer? When you have three boys, they play outside. When they play outside, they leave the slider door open. When the slider door is left open, wasps come in, inevitably. Of course this causes much shrieking and carrying on with the children ending up wherever Mom is, to come save them from the wasp which is flying around the ceiling, bouncing, trying to find a way out of its new prison. But to them, the wasp must surely be on the attack and they are all big targets.

Today, I am approached by my 4 year old, holding a yellow rain poncho from Disney World. “Here, Mom, put this on me.” I’m puzzled, but do as asked, since this is the child that owns four Halloween costumes and is bartering for a fifth, all in great anticipation of the great day, that is still 6 weeks away. And yes, we will wear all 5 costumes: Ninja Warrior, Hulk, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Spiderman all with their accessories ranging from weapons to web spraying gloves. We will alternate through the night between costumes. It will surely be a theatrical event.

I digress.

Bones is now wearing his yellow plastic rain poncho and much to his chagrin it is too big and he continues to trip over the front that is catching under his feet and he starts having a meltdown of sorts. Between sobs I hear, “But now there is nothing to protect me from the wasp!” Still confused, I walk into the family room to find my two other sons standing there, dressed head to toe in yellow rain ponchos, staring at the ceiling. It was like a scene from some alien movie where if the kids wear some weird clothing they are protected. Our weird clothing comes in the form of bright yellow plastic Disney rain ponchos… adult size only thank you.

Being the super Mom I am, I effortlessly went to the laundry room, got the wasp spray and with amazing accuracy that comes from much practice, I believe this is my fifth kill, I took the wasp down with the light squeeze of the extermination trigger, thereby assuring my hero status among my boys. Dad can take care of the frogs. I’ll handle the wasps.


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Posted by Boudicca at June 28, 2005 10:45 PM

okay, that's pretty cute. I remember my own wasp days with my mom.

Posted by: Andrew (Aris Ravencroft) at June 28, 2005 11:29 PM

They are too cute! Macho ment they are ;-)

Will you come kill wasps for me?

Posted by: Sissy at June 28, 2005 11:36 PM

Yes, seen that pic before, but it still makes me laugh out loud!

Remember, I can show them an incredibly fun way to kill the pests! :)

Posted by: That 1 Guy at June 28, 2005 11:50 PM

I remember getting that email. I still LOL'd when I read it again here.

Posted by: vw bug at June 29, 2005 06:46 AM

T1G... I'm keeping them away from you. I want them to actually attain adulthood!

Posted by: Bou at June 29, 2005 07:19 AM

I almost feel hurt, but then I realize that that was actually a compliment... or at least I'm taking it that way! :)

Posted by: That 1 Guy at June 29, 2005 07:57 AM

Spray for one wasp? Hell, that just requires a fly swatter! Rookie!

Posted by: Contagion at June 29, 2005 08:15 AM

You should start making notches on the wall of wasp/bee/hornet kills.

Maybe the flying killers will get the message.

Posted by: Machelle at June 29, 2005 08:40 AM

Fly Swatter? We just do the rolled up magazine thing with my two year old chanting "kill it mommy," and then asking "is it dead? is it dead? is it?, can I touch it?"

Posted by: Oddybobo at June 29, 2005 09:11 AM

I guess I now know why I am not living in Paradise...$6,000. *faint* HOw can you afford ponchos at that rate?

Posted by: ArmyWife at June 29, 2005 10:26 AM

That is excellent! Love the ponchos... they are such cuties!

Mom to the rescue... able to kill wasps in a single spray......

Posted by: marie at June 29, 2005 09:57 PM

You saved their lives!

Wish you were here. We get wasps all the time. We just let them wander around the house till they die, then I throw them away.

Posted by: Suzi at July 1, 2005 09:49 AM