Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The death of a dragonfly

We are mourning the loss of a family friend - the giant dragonfly that Max made in Second Grade. Not a real dragonfly, mind you, but he's going in to fifth grade, so the dragonfly has been with us for almost three years now. This dragonfly was magnificent. It was larger than life, brightly colored, and it was made by Max. He kept that dragonfly in his room for several years, never wanting to toss it. Until today.

Max came into my room this morning at 7:15am (yes, AM - silly boy waking me up like that!), crying. He told me that Ian left some Tic-Tacs near his dragonfly and the bugs were all over his dragonfly because of the Tic-Tacs. At 7:15 in the AM not much gets me out of bed, but this did - bugs in the house will do that to me. Anyway, went in there to discover that not only were there little bugs in there, but there had been for a while and it appeared that they were EATING his dragonfly. It was a veritable feast for those little bugs.

Well, I haven't yet shared what Max made this big old dragonfly out of, but at this point in the story I'm sure you can guess. His dragonfly was paper mache. You know - paper mache - made out of flour and water paste? (Are you getting the gist here yet?) Yeah, apparently little bugs decided that Max's dragonfly was dinner (and breakfast and lunch for a while) and had moved in. So, Max and I had a quick discussion, and we lost a valuable insect member of the family. The dragonfly has left the building, as have all of it's occupants. And let's all say it together - ewwww.
If you click on the image and look closely you'll see HUNDREDS of little white dots. Those were all the little bug holes left by the paper mache eating bugs that we just kicked out of the house. Ewwww again. Yeah, just ewwwwww.
Yeah, now go wash your hands and shake out your clothes - all the little bugs have left the building.

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