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I was very proud of myself this morning. I sit on the toilet lid and hold J in my lap to clean his teeth etc, meaning the handtowel hangs down by my right leg. As I was washing J's face, a GIGANTIC F*CKING SPIDER ran up the towel. It looked like a BDSM apricot (copyright Nik). I shot backwards prepared to do my normal hyperventilating screeching thing so that G would come and be manly at it, and then I remembered the little guy clutching my arm. You know, the one I was about to infect with arachnophobia.

So I took a deep breath, and managed in a relative cheerful if slightly strangled voice, "Oh, a spider! Cool! That made Mummy jump, did it make you jump?"

Thankfully, my local God In Human Form heard my veiled plea for help and came to remove it, whilst I sat on the bed with J and talked about spiders and how cool they are. G brought it over (firmly grasped under a glass), and we talked about the structure of the legs and those horrific little nodules they have on their heads. Then G put it out of the window, and took J off to the bathroom so I could scream a bit in private.

G, incidentally, got a sticker for being a good boy and going in the toilet. I feel slightly aggrieved that I didn't get one for not fleeing the sceen at slightly more than the speed of sound.

Date: 2011-08-09 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
You are mighty and definitely deserve a sticker.

Date: 2011-08-09 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janiejynx.livejournal.com
And a medal.

Date: 2011-08-09 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenortart.livejournal.com
And a lolly

Date: 2011-08-09 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] batswing.livejournal.com
And a small toy next time you're doing the grocery shopping.

Date: 2011-08-09 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-malk.livejournal.com
Very impressive self-control. S would sympathise entirely I feel sure.

Mildly surprised that G still needs stickers to motivate him to go to the loo...

Not sure about how infectious phobias like that are, although I'm sure your reactions would have an impact at least in the short term. I've been trying to inculcate a spider-positive frame of mind in mine for years. Amelie, despite having stroked a red-kneed bird-eating spider and previously adopted a house-spider (called Mike) and cried when her sibling squashed him, has reverted to her previous state of wigging out whenever she sees one. Jessica occasionally pretends to be scared of them for Dramatic Effect, but more usually pokes them to get them to move, mostly for the reaction it provokes from Amelie. Daniel, as in so many things, is randomly ambivalent, depending on anything from the phase of the moon, the colour of his underwear or possibly the state of the semi-conductor futures on the Chinese stock-market for all I can tell.

Nonetheless, you are very brave, and should be treated with chocolate and gin and the nearest opportunity.

Date: 2011-08-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caffeine-fairy.livejournal.com
Well, he didn't think he needed them either, but J was insistent - he gets s sticker for using the toilet, so does Daddy.

Date: 2011-08-09 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thalinoviel.livejournal.com
I'm impressed. I think we'll be going with "mummy is scared of spiders but it's pointless and you needn't be" in this house.
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