Not at all.
I've been a screamer for as long as stories could be told about my antics.
|Me, 2 years old.|
I remember when I was 7, seeing a snake in our pool during a game of Marco Polo. I threw all competitiveness to the wind and started screaming in terror.
I remember being 12 years old during a sleepover, and seeing two glowing red eyes jumping up and down (making scratching noises) while my sister, our friend, and I, screamed for our lives. Thankfully, our parents saved us from the real - live - bat, that had infiltrated our room.
I've screamed over roller coasters, flying squirrels, roaches, crickets, spiders, hair on my neck, scary music, and every time my dad tried to scare me.
Every single time.
You get the picture. If my children are screamers, they get it from their Mama.
Which is why the scream I heard last night was so very epic.
Bitty Bean (who has the cutest voice ever created, with a slight rasp and a little lisp) was playing in the backyard with the rest of the Beans. They were all playing with the grasshopper they had trapped earlier in the day.
Now, when I say "grasshopper," you are probably thinking something small, cute, and harmless.
A la Jiminy Cricket.
(Who is the main character in my nightmares, by the way, but that is a post for another day.)
You would be exceptionally wrong.
But that is most definitely NOT where I live.
So the size was rather disconcerting to just look at (for me) - but the children were happily playing with it, so I let them be.
I have never - in all my 30 years - seen anyone scream with every fiber of their being.
ON HER DRESS.
As Bitty Bean screamed a scream that would make Neve Campbell proud, I ran to her rescue.
Unfortunately, that backfired.
She wanted me to pick her up - but she couldn't stand due to wobbly legs from fear/crying.
I would have happily held her - but I couldn't stand due to wobbly legs and an inability-to-breathe from laughing until I cried.
With some therapy, she may forgive me.
She may also be unable to go camping for the rest of her life.
Now her scream stories have started.
And that, is a sweet moment.