Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Lepidoptera Sightings

Many years ago when our boys were little, and naughty......

Check out those mischievous faces!

We made the weekly ride to the library in order to beef up their vocabulary and reading skills. 

What with trying to keep track of two little boisterous and friendly youngsters, attempting to minimize their volume level to within library-protocol and restraining them from bouncing off the walls and the other patrons, I neglected to keep track of what they were having scanned out. You know, I was just too busy deflecting icy stares and numerous "tsk tsk's."

At home the boys proudly stacked up their hoard on the coffee table and we settled in for an afternoon of cuddles, reading and giggles - more giggles it turned out than we bargained for.........

"Me first, me first!" yells David, and thrusts a large multicolored book under my nose. 

"Is there something wrong with my eyesight? Did I suddenly become dyslexic?"

On the front cover was a monstrous caterpillar, but what on earth was the title all about? Oranges and caterpillars perhaps?

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

David had mistakenly picked up the Spanish version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Without missing a beat, I tried to read the Spanish text. My boys mouths dropped into two twin O's. You should have been there, I'm still laughing about it.

"Mommy! Stop speaking funny and read me story 'bout caterpillar!" David bellows.

It took a couple of belly laughs and many giggles to explain to David and Danny that the book was written in a different language and I couldn't understand it, but seeing their disbelief and puzzlement, I just decided to read it as I saw it, I mean what's a mom to do? Yep...if all else fails improvise.

Do you have a funny story regarding your kids?


  1. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. They're colourful caterpillars that you've photographed. We had The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, I think every child must know that story, such a simple idea too.

  2. Uh-oh . . . now I feel like a bad mom. LOL - never heard of the book! Although I have Dr. Seuss' "Go Dog Go" memorized. Every night that would be Jen and Charlie's first pick - and once was never enough. Now I'm proof reading college papers for them at night. Not nearly as fun. :-)

    1. Don't feel bad....my boys fave books are "No More Elephants!" and the "Teeny Tiny Tiger," both of which they can recite word for word. I had the biggest chuckle when a long-ago baby sitter lamented "I tried to read them a bed-time story, but instead they (in chorus) read it to me!" And without the book in front of them, sooo funny!


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