Conversations I never would have believed that I would have

We have ants. They are all over the place. We tried many different things. We finally resorted to an exterminator. They came out 3 weeks ago, sprayed and said that things should be better in 2 weeks. They were not. I am now waiting for them to come out again sometime this afternoon (of course they can not tell me exactly when, so my kids are at the beach with a friend and I am sitting here waiting for the bug guys to come dump poison in my house…again…in hopes that it works this time).

So killing ants has become almost second nature lately. See an ant on the sink, smush it. See an ant climb up the cutting board, brush it on the counter and then smash it. See an ant in a cup with lemonade, dump the lemonade and be sure to wash the ant down the drain. We have killed many ants in many different ways.

Then this morning. Kyle found an ant in the microwave. He said that he wanted to microwave it. I told him that he could not do that because it was too cruel. He looked at me with totally incredulity and said “But you are just going to kill it…”. So I preceded to explain how killing an ant in a split nanosecond with no warning was totally different then microwaving the poor thing over the course of several seconds. How a quick unexpected death was much more humane then the (relative) slowness of realizing that your molecules are being fried.

Kyle just looked at me as if to remind me that it was an ant that we were talking about and I am sure that he is filing this conversation under “just one more way that Mom has proved that she is nuts” category.

I went over and smashed the ant. And then began to wonder just how long it takes an ant to drown when it gets washed down the drain….


About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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3 Responses to Conversations I never would have believed that I would have

  1. Jax says:

    today I had a homing wasp. No matter how many times I took him outside, he kept on coming back in. (Unless there was an endless supply of stupid wasps queueing to come in the house, which doesn’t bear thinking about!) Eventually I resorted to spraying him. And felt hugely guilty when he took seconds to die :(

  2. P says:

    We too have been plagued by ants in the past. Our surefire way to get rid of them has been boric acid (found at the pharmacy) mixed with confectionary sugar and a bit of water to make it a paste. Mix this in a small plastic lid or make a tray from tin foil. (you’ll throw the whole thing away once the ants are gone) Leave this in the place where your ants are (out of reach of children/pets). The ants will be attracted to the sugar, and then take it back to the collective who will then die from the boric acid. It has worked every spring for us within a couple of days. This is a natural insecticide. You can google for the recipe.

  3. Kim c says:

    Well, when he grows up he’ll describe you as his mom who couldn’t stand to let an animal suffer, even though it was invading the house. Good job distinguishing. I can’t stand to see kids kill bug for the heck of it, but I tell my kids, if it is there to bite you by all means kill it in self defense!