- "No...no....sweetheart, the caterpillars are fine, just fine Bruno didn't mean to step on them, they are fine...."
- Attempt to "fluff up" three very dead caterpillars then decide to place them in the grass and explain they are tired and it's time for "night night."
- Sensing that the three year old is on to me, I tuck in the caterpillars with a leaf and then at attempt to distract him with plane flying overhead but met with unamused stare.
- Explain that the yellowish green substance oozing out of two of the caterpillars are "poop" and we should give the caterpillars some privacy.
- lead the children away form the "sleeping" caterpillars and back to the sand box.
- This works for 5 seconds....
- So at this point I decide to turn this into a learning experience and decide to break the news to the kids that Bruno did indeed kill the caterpillars. It was an accident, nothing more and I am sure if Bruno had a conscious he would be very very sorry.
Well, two my surprise, the boys understood this. And it hit me.... Kids aren't stupid. They don't always need Mommy to sugar coat things. I don't quite understand how Evan and Ryan seemed to be okay with this little fact of life but they were and within minutes were back to the sandbox playing as if nothing had ever happened. I have to chuckle to myself because on most days it's me who is teaching them something. But on that day, it was me who learned from them. And I have this feeling it won't be the last time.