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Red Ants of Death

Today, I remembered a funny story about Bodie that happened when we were in Fiji. One night on our way to dinner, walking though the nicely manicured lawn of the Sheraton next door.  All of a sudden he starts to scream at the top of his lungs.  We look at him and he is staring at us with a looking of complete anguish.  My first thought that he had been stung by a bee or wasp.
Then I started thinking about all of the other creatures that could be lurking in the grass that might have done him harm.
Jennifer was convinced it was a snake. We rushed to him, picked him up and brought him to the paved path still shrieking.  We asked him where he had been hurt and what had happened.  We were truly, very concerned.He pointed to his feet and screamed some more.  The he said “ANTS!”  Sure enough there were a bunch of tiny red ants crawling all over his feet.  We quickly shooed them away and kept trying to get him to tell us where he had been bitten but he answered with only more screams.  We were beginning to panic but it didn’t make sense.  Why was everybody else walking on the grass – in bare feet – and having no problems.

Finally one of us asked him “did they bite you?” He shook his head no.  Huh? Apparently his brothers had told him that red ants could kill you if they bit you and he got so scared when he saw ants on his feet that he completely lost it.  It was really quite heart wrenching to see the terror in his eyes and realize that it was all just fear.  Emotions are so strong.

1 comment

1 mamo { 02.23.10 at 3:17 am }

Oh that is so sad. Poor Bodie.

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