May 16, 2012


Ah, nature.

At school today we set up a low table on the concrete (A tabletop on some blocks) with some toys for the kids. While I was at the door waiting for a child to finish in the bathroom, Emma (a young four) was at the little table and started screaming bloody murder, and by the frozen way she was holding her arm, I thought, “NO! Her hand is pinned under the tabletop! Crushed bones! Crushed bones!”

I couldn’t leave the door and frantically shouted to other staff to please go help her. Donna did, and walked her over to me, saying something quietly that I completely missed in the panic. (I found out later.) Emma was still holding her arm stiffly and I said, “Where does it hurt?” She vaguely pointed, which I thought was weird, so I had her go and get a paper towel (the first step in preschool first aid). She returned holding the towel in her hand. I again inquired where it hurt and she replied in terror, “It’s still there.”

She pointed at the ladybug on her shoulder. (That’s what Donna had said. I missed it.)

Good grief. I thought she was dying.

I put the ladybug on her paper towel and told her, “There! Now you can take him outside and shake him onto a plant where he’ll be happy.” Instead she took him back over to the table where he watched her play.

Later in the day one of the aides was reading a story about animals and Emma piped up, “Ladybugs are very nice.”

What a one-eighty.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Bugged.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    This is no laughing matter. Ladybugs can be dangerous:


    • Karla Said on:

      I think I’d be more concerned with what’s going on with the back of that kid’s hand. That looks nasty.


  2. Mark Said on:

    One of your nephew’s favorite books as of late is “The Grouchy Ladybug.” Some ladybugs are nice. Some are apparently very grouchy.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    If that ladybug would have landed on Tara, there would have been screams too….screams of delight!

    And I never knew there were different colored ladybugs. There’s pink, yellow, white, orange, purple…. I’ve never seen any though, have you?





    • Lauren Said on:

      Sorry, Peggy -- you were held in moderation. You know the saying -- “Everything in moderation, including Peggy.”

      And now that I’ve seen them -- wocka wocka!


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