Monday, August 23, 2010

A Little Time To Talk With Milo.....

After the previous posts, I was not sure what humor I would  find Mr. Milo M. Bug in.....that last night-cam shot was pretty disastrous, at least for a person MY age.
But when I went to wake him this morning, he was just a little groggy and looking fairly sweet, even if a bit bleary around the edges.

"Milo, I have a cup of cocoa for you and an aspirin if you need it....."

I heard a slightly muffled "Thank you...." as the bug sat up and tried to get his walking legs under himself.

"You know, we have a few things to discuss......." I said gently because the little tike was wobbling a bit, and hey---all of us have celebrated just a TAD TOO MUCH at least once in our lives, eh?
I helped him up to his cup and sat across from him and, having never had to do this with children, ask *the questions*. (you know what I mean.....)

"Milo, you're a charming young bug, but I want to know where you learned about, ummmm, you know? The things you were looking up on the internet?"

Dead silence.
"Come on.....Deb's going to expect an answer from me on this one. Where did you hear about looking that stuff up on-line?"

Milo was still eyeing the cup, and trying to avoid answering, but I did not give in. I think he knew it was fess-up time.

"Well," he said, "When I was on my way here, I could hear guys talking about all sorts of things. Some of them were talking about *IT*. And I wondered what they meant. So I figured if you didn't know I was checking it out online, everything would be okay. I'd just pretend to sleep, and then see what was around here."
I still did not say anything.

"So the first night it was just a lot of FUN running through your studio...."
I sighed, "Yes, I can understand that. I have fun there too---but you could have gotten hurt with some of the things you did, you know?"
He shook his head. "Nope. I'm a bug and have an exoskeleton, so I wouldn't get broken bones. I might have gotten tangled up, but I don't break easy. I could get squished though....I think. But it would have to be something really big or tall to squish me," he added as an afterthought.
"Okay," I said, "The second night---I'm not going to have to have the computer taken in for debugging or to get things removed that shouldn't be there, am I?" And I really wanted a straight answer on this one because I have a LOT of material on the computer.
Milo blanched a little, sucking down the cocoa.

"Well, I just thought it would be nice to have a girlbugfriend. And I heard those guys say that there were lots of women to get online. But you had to PAY on all the sites!" He looked down and sort of seemed.....embarrassed?

"And I don't have money because I'm just a bug."
Now, I know I'm supposed to be the tough mom here, but this was hard to take.
"Milo, swear to me you're telling the truth---I mean it."

"I am! I am! But I did copy my butt on your copier cause I saw that in a movie once and wondered what it was like to I in trouble?"
(Oh man, I am 50 and I just realized I have no parenting skills! And I am finding this out very quick!)
"Look Milo, here are the ground rules. No unsupervised computer time. Period. No getting up at night unless you need a drink of water, and if you behave and we can get some things done around here, then I can give you an allowance. You help me out, and you'll earn some money and then when you meet a NICE girlbugfriend, you'll be able to take her for, oh, gummy worms or whatever it is you like. Okay?"
Then he flashed that charming smile and nodded yes, and I knew I was sunk.  What a bug.
"So how about if we take it easy today, and get you settled down, then tomorrow, we can cut the grass and you can help with the John Deere. Does that sound good? Because I am sure you need a bath and want to unpack and get a little more comfortable....."
And I am thinking to myself, he is already quite comfortable and could care less about settling down.

"Okay. That sounds good." His little bug-butt was crawling off the table when he peeped back up and said, "Mom told me I would like you!"

"And thank you for knitting me my own little afghan. It's awfully nice and cozy!!!"
And there he was, all eyes, antennae and smile.
Ay-yi-yi. I know who is really in charge here, and it's not me!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anne Sweetie...
You are just the BEST BUG Mom ever. I love seeing what Milo had gotten himself into today, and you my dear handled it quite nicely.

I have a feeling he will be much better the rest of the week. I so enjoyed seeing Milo. Love his little afghan. Where is he going next?

Oh and I have been meaning to ask if Milo has spoken to any of the chipmunks?

Thanks for sharing sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Sherry,

I am NOT a good bug-mom because he is in charge! I know it, he knows it, and I am just COPING.
Trying to keep him harmlessly busy while I do some errands today....or maybe he should go along with me! LOL!!!


audrey said...

Good job, Anne!! Your parenting skills are perfect!!
He is just the cutest little bug ~ how could you not love him?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Audrey, I have the sneakiest feeling that his good behaviour is to be short-lived....
I don't know what it is that tells me that, buuuuuuut.......there is this niggling doubt! ;D


P.S. He is charming.....

Quilt Rat said...

I dunno Anne.........Milo has a bit of a sneaky look on his face. I think I'd be making sure there were no credit card transactions in the middle of the night....if ya know what I mean!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I'm keeping a much closer eye on him......checked the cache and he was telling the truth.....he couldn't get into the sites, so he must have been wallowing against the screen where an opening page was......*sigh*.....
I don't know how people with kids do it. :O


Jan said...

Good luck with the little stinker! He reminds me of my nephew, so innocent and sweet seeming, and then BAM! into my stash, cutting up my hand dyed shibori silk because he wanted a hankie. Ack! But Milo wouldn't do anything like that, surely. You are doing great with him, I love all those poses, so expressive! And your props are great too. Poor Milo doesn't know what he is in for once the JD comes out. Then it will be Mommy Dearest!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan, I may have to call you for an emergency consult!!!
He seems quiet today, but maybe the aspirin has just temporarily slowed him.
I don't think was cut out to be a much WORRY!!! ;D


Marie S said...

Ok I am curious, did you get any work done??
I am really proud of you. I think you did a great job.
You talked to him like any parent would, maybe better. Better than me anyway.
He may have you wrapped but I think he might just calm down a little.
Good luck and have a wonderful week.

Terra said...

Milo is definitely a love bug, and his afghan and quilt are gorgeous. I wonder if he will find a buggirlfriend.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well Marie,

I got *some* work done, but I have a lot more that is NOT done....oy. Trip to town was a bomb, Milo behaved well here in the studio so I am proud of him. Sweet Pea said everything was just FINE!
Still, it's a long week ahead...sigh....


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Terra,

I hope he can find a little girlbugfriend, but I think he understands now that the right one is worth the wait.
At least I hope so.
We have chores here this week, so that should keep his mind occupied.....for 10 seconds at least. ;D


Janet Ghio said...

Watch out for those big innocent eyes!! I speak from experience!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Janet,

Yeah, I'm thinking that those eyes could get me in trouble......he's such a sweet little bug.....
Oh boy, this is gonna be a long week.


daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Well I am glad you have Milo, after all you have nothing else to do.LOL
He is so cute and innocent looking. I am making afghans too.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh yes, those EYES!
That innocent face......and looking behind my back every step I take!
I know exactly how my mother felt....oy! What a bug...


Robbie said...

OK, way too funny!!! I've come to expect art work from you but I love these narratives you do just as much!! Love it! And Milo is a doll!

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Milo sure is a cute little bug-ger!
In relation to your parenting skills...take it from someone who has 6 little bug-gers of her own and almost 18 years experience.. that no matter how much you THINK you are in charge deep down you know that they just have to look up at you with those big bug eyes and you're screwed. You just have to try and teach them right from wrong and hope they listen. you're on the right track ;)
good luck with the rest of the week

Ces said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! I am so worried about you, Anne! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! hey! I tried to call twice today during my break.

Sophia said...

Oh my gosh, Anne. You had me busting out laughing practically the entire time I was reading the udpate on Milo. (You are SO darn creative!) :) I LOVED the photo of him hiding his face in the blanket. tee hee

Give Milo a hug for me. Say...Mr. Sole Monkey is home visiting for a week or two and then he is off again. It's nice to hug him since I have not seen him since last Christmas!!

Love you! :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Robbie!

Milo is a little doll, and he KNOWS it. That's the problem! He just smiles and give *that look* and it's hard to be upset with him...phooey....what a bug! ;)


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Shelley,

I have leared quickly who is really in charge here.
It's not me.
I'm just doing damage control....LOL!!!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Ces,

I was out running a few errands and then the phone is acting up again...well, it was yesterday.
I think Milo will put me in an early grave! LOL!!!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Sophia,

Milo is quite expressive, even when he refuses to talk. I try and keep a look out for *that* twinkle in his saves me some grief.
Well, a little....heehee!!


Deborah said...

OMGosh these are the cutest pictures ever! I LOVE Milo with his little afghan, all cozied up with the aspirin!!! Anne, you are a hoot! Too funny. Laughed for 23 minutes straight. ♥♥♥ Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Deb,

Then I have done my duty....even my friends on FB are following Milo's adventures and loving them! (he's a very popular bug, you know...)


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