Tonight was my night to read books. My husband and I have a very ritualized bedtime routine. Every other night he does my son's bath and I read books, the next night we switch. This was my husband's idea. It's a bit rigid, but I've come to appreciate the fairness of it. Last night my little guy and I were learning about bats.
He was thrilled to learn that bats eat wasps, mosquitoes, and other insects. And then it happened.
Me: "Other bats eat lizards, birds, and even fish!" (This accompanies a rather ghastly illustration of a sharp clawed giant bat with its mouth open baring its fangs swooping down to wrench a gasping fish from the water. Eesh...)
Him: (with a flop on the bed and a dramatic head toss) "OH NO! NOW THERE IS NO BEAUTY IN THE WORLD!!!!!"
Me: "Is there really NO beauty in the world?"
He turns to me wide eyed and says faintly, "There's only 5% left."
Me: "All animals are part of a food chain. Every animal's body was made to eat something. Did you know that even people eat fish?"
He boggles, "WHAT is made out of FISH?!?"
"Well, fish sticks....salmon...."
Him: (obviously ignoring the fish stick part) "Oh, I'm SO relieved I don't eat salmon."
The next page was about vampire bats...nope, nope, nope. I am a coward. I skipped straight on to fruit bats. Maybe tomorrow night my husband can teach him about bats that fasten themselves onto livestock, rip tiny holes in them, and suck their blood...I am not risking any more beauty in the world on my shift!