Friday, July 30, 2010

Game Crasher

It seemed like such a great idea! Amilia wanted to play "animal shelter" in which she was a dog awaiting adoption. I refused to snap together our wire dog kennel for her to play in, but instead offered to put up the "puppy tent" in the grass out front. It was slightly windy, so I used my knitting needles as tent stakes.

Who knew knitting needles could pull double duty as tent stakes? Well, probably MacGuyver did, but if so, he learned it from his mother. Or grandmother. After placing the stakes, I went inside to grab the camera so I could photograph the pound puppy in her shelter...

Which is where I was when I heard the scream and the crying. In she ran; not a pound puppy anymore, but a wailing, arm flailing little girl with a bee or wasp sting on the soft underside of her flesh near the armpit. OUCH! She was so sad that her game was over. It took longer to prep the game than was spent playing. She was lying on the picnic blanket and something just stung her. We didn't see the culprit. A bee? A wasp? It was a sting and dash operation. So we tore down camp and came inside to doctor the wound thus:
Baking soda and water poultice for 20 minutes followed by ice for 20 minutes followed by calendula gel. Luckily, she is not allergic to stings. Today, the animal shelter game took place indoors...

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2 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh poor Amilia! how awful! Maybe she can be a puppy in a pound inside. Knitting needle stakes--very creative!

Lori at Jarvis House said...

Oh what a shame that an enchanting idea ended with a bee sting. Around here in August we have to be aware of Yellow Jacket wasps. They bite,not sting and can get you more than once. They seek out food and sweet drinks, so you have to be careful that they are not on anything that you put into your mouth, otherwise you might get a really awful surprise. It happens all the time with outside picnics. they love to swarm around garbage cans on the beaches so beware.