Dateline: 20 June 2015
Futureman went back to Ohio today. He was here for two weeks, and we went on toe bug patrol in the garden every day. Toe bugs are more commonly known as potato bugs. Futureman doesn't do very well with three syllables yet.
On our first foray into the garden, Futureman got some earth on his hands and arm. He seemed overly concerned about getting "dooty."
"I dooty, Boppy." he said. Over an over.
"I dooty, Boppy. I dooty, Boppy."
And I said. "Don't be such a city slicker. It's okay to be dooty. Dooty is good."
To which he invariably replied..."Why?"
And I said, "Cuz Boppy says so."
FYI... Dooty is "dirty" and Boppy is me.
(I thought I wanted to be called Grampie, which is the term I used for my grandfathers, but Grampie isn't easy to say at three years old, so it's Boppy, and I'm kind of liking it.)
There were not a lot of toe bugs to be found on our daily patrols, but we always found a few. Sometimes Futureman would spy a toe bug, but most of the time I would see them first. Whatever the case, it was his job to dispatch the critters.
I showed Futureman how to set a toe bug on plastic mulch and smoosh it with his foot...
At first, he would stomp his foot repeatedly, and completely miss the toe bug every time. So we worked on that. Instead of stomping, he would place his toe on the bug and give it a twist or slide it, which is a very effective technique for killing a toe bug.
After a couple days I thought Futureman might be better at smooshing toe bugs with a rock. The first time he smooshed a toe bug with a rock, he said, "Yukky." Rock-Smooshing toe bugs is also a very effective technique (sorry, no picture).
So now, Futureman has gone back to where being dooty is frowned upon, and Boppy is on toe bug patrol all by himself.