“MAMA! THERE’S A LADYBUG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIVING ROOM!”
Samantha and Simon cower in the safety of the hallway, clinging to each other.
“A ladybug, huh. Well, it won’t hurt you. Go play.”
Still holding on to each other, they peer into the living room, contemplating this.
Seth, playing at my feet, becomes intrigued enough to wander their way, towards the living room. Simon goes wall-eyed.
“Simon. Everything’s fine. The bug is probably gone. Go play.”
Seth totters on towards the door. As he approaches, Simon springs into action. “NO, SETH! DON’T TOUCH IT!” He bowls Seth straight over, knocking him flat on his back.
As long as the danger is a dead bug, Simon will do whatever it takes to protect his little brother.