I was cleaning out and organizing our school cabinet one last time before starting school hoping that touching the books would give me some intense motivation to start. It didn't work. I have enjoyed this summer that is for sure. Anyway, I came across our plastic caterpillar that has gone A.W.O.L. for the past 5 months or so. And I will tell you why. Daphne hates caterpillars. Even plastic ones that go to a butterfly life cycle set. So....whenever she is absolutely misbehaving, mouthy, snotty, or just plain bossy, someone will get the caterpillar out, either Jared or myself, and just walk by her carefully placing it on her school books, pencil box, crackers, whatever is in front of her. She has a good scream, we all laugh, and Daphne is livable again. She is such a good sport. Though the last time I think she decided to hide it because I was asking her where it went and she just smiled and said it is "somewhere". Yeah the somewhere was behind a bunch of stuff in the cabinet. So do you want to know why Daphne hates caterpillars? Long, long ago about 8 years ago we had a co-op of about 7 families. We decided to learn about butterflies in the spring so naturally being a homeschooler, we had to raise our own butterflies. So being the "science" teacher, I ordered the class pack of 30 caterpillars from Insect Lore. I didn't realize that they were coming in one container and we had to divide up their food and separate them out into cups for the kids to take home with them. Yuck. Of course Kirk was busy so we couldn't make him do it. So Daphne and I, who was 8 at the time, helped me. She was very excited because she loves animals and such. There were a couple who weren't really moving and they were kind of extra, so I kept those and put them in our family's cup. I figured if they die it will be ours and we will just deal with it. No biggie. Okay, when it came time for them to form their chrysalis everything was going great. Except one. Okay this is gross. Are you ready? Are you sitting down? Only half his body was trying to form the chrysalis which had turned into a gooey mess. So here is the head half of the body wiggling with basically nothing but goo for the other half. It was like out of some Horror Flick. So...that is why Daphne doesn't like Caterpillars. And yes you probably think we have a sick sense of humor around here. But it sure gets her out of her mood pretty fast. She laughs about it. Oh, by the way, we made Kirk scoop out the gooey caterpillar. He is the man of the house after all.