Last night Mommy had a meeting so the kiddos and I did some homework (worked on tying our shoes – pure pain, almost as bad as being stretched across the rack or forced to lie on a bed of nails), read some books, and watched some TV. Demetrius got a Justice League
movie from the library, so we HAD to watch that….Maya wanted to watch some Animal Planet
….accompanied by Demetrius’ constant whining (he wanted to watch some Nickelodeon
, he was overruled).
One of the segments on Animal Planet was on the Aye Aye Lemur in Madagascar. Fascinating. Big ears that have really good hearing (like a bat), super strong teeth to tear through wood on a tree, and this long middle finger to tap on the wood of a tree to find a pocket where a grub or bug is…then once it bites open the hole in the tree, shoves that long, stick-like finger down the pocket to grab the bug. Of course, it is endangered and considered to be bad luck if ever seen by a local, and has to be killed up on sight. So it kinda has that voodoo, ju-ju evil aspect to it.
So, as the kids shower, Maya screams to me…
Daddy: What!?! What is wrong?
Maya: DADDY, THE LEMUR WITH THE LONG STICK FINGER SCARED ME!
I tell her it lives on the other side of the world, it is more scared of people than we are of it, and it only comes out at night (I’m only guessing it is nocturnal since it was night during its profile on the TV). I also give the daddy speech about if a show is scaring you, you need to tell me and we’ll turn it off….no matter how much your brother moans about us watching Nickelodeon instead! ☺
At the same time this conversation is going on I hear tap, tap, tap….
Daddy: Demetrius, what are you doing?
Demetrius: Looking for bugs in the wall with my fingers.
Maya: MAKE HIM STOP!
So, I have one that clearly loved the animal enough to look for bugs in the wall, one scared out of her wits….and a Daddy that is thinking that maybe he should give both kids Dramamine and put them to bed.
Thanks to the power of the Internet, Maya was assuaged about her safety enough to go to bed…but, of course, she joined us at 3:30am after having bad dreams that bears were going to get her (after the lemur issue…bears? Wait, we read a story that had bears in it before bed…I give up). Demetrius got up twice out of bed and tapped on the walls, once again putting the spook on his sister. I made sure there were no hammers anywhere within Demetrius grabbing distance after they both finally gave it up and fell asleep. I just hired a contractor to tidy up the front of the house…I don’t need a dry wall specialist to come in to replaster where holes are from looking for bugs.
Who knew educational TV could be such a pain in the keister? Nickelodeon it is, next time around….