The things us dads will do for our kids, especially when they are younger, can be very telling as to how we really feel about our little rug rats. We do things for our older kids too, but I think they get played down a bit or are maybe more expected so we don’t get as much praise. Besides by the time the kids are grown a bit things just aren’t as cute and they are when they are little.
I remember a time when the twins were just crawling when I walked into the bathroom in the hallway and saw my son Carter there on the floor. He looked really cute as he put one hand in front of the other, following with his knees as he crawled across the tile. Then I noticed the scorpion, crawling in much the same manner, he was headed straight for. I jumped into action and scooped him up while at the same moment I raised my foot and squashed the scorpion under my shoe. Quick and brave I was at that moment that I saved my son from instant pain, suffering and possibly a visit to the doctor. But I wasn’t finished… the easy part had been done. What I did next was painful, expensive and far beyond what I thought I would be doing that weekend.
I decided to really protect my baby boy and baby girl, all of us really, I was going to seal up every crack and crevis that these mean little beasts used to get into the house. This was our safe place from the world and it needed to be safer. So after doing some research and a trip to Lowe’s I have everything I needed to make our fortress safe for crawling babies.
My heck I thought I was going to die…
I can’t remember exactly what month it was but it was summer time. And living in Arizona summer time is bummer time. This job I took on involved going all the way around my house laying on my back squeezing the handle of my caulking gun as I filled the open crevice between the foundation and the stucco that covered the outside of the house. Why it’s not against the law for a builder to allow that crevice to be there is beyond me but it was. In some places I could stick my finger right up through. Not that I did really because well there were probably scorpions up in there.
Then I went up on the roof to place wire mesh over the ventilation pipes and ducts that were open for anything to crawl into. I caulked everything I could find to that nothing could get in. After I started hallucinating from the 110 degree heat and dehydration I called my friend Rich who came to help and saved the day. By the way thank you Rich, I’m sure I still owe you for that.
So for about two weeks after I sealed up the house we found scorpions on a regular basis and we had to keep a watchful eye while the twins were crawling around. The scorpions were now trapped IN the walls and other places that scorpions hide and could no longer get out the usual ways that they were used to, so they wandered everywhere looking a new place to get out. They did get out it was usually as scorpion juice on a wadded up paper towel that had been used to get them off of the tile after being stepped on. It got ugly for a little while but in the long run my almost dying paid off and the twins could roam freely about and I could sleep at night again knowing that the kids were all safe.
I’m sure every dad has a great story to tell about how they saved the day and sacrificed for their kids. The guy in this video may not have thought it through entirely but neither did I when I decided to take on the scorpion project but that’s ok. We were willing and able and just did it. We love you kids! And don’t you ever forget it.
Someone get this dad a prize for being willing to crawl into the crib. I also want to know the brand of crib this is. Seems to be very well-built.
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