News Bulletin Regarding the Recent Stink Bug Attack in South America

Bath time at our house is like bath time at the zoo. The boys take one bathroom, the girls take the other, and by the time everything is said and done you would think a tidal wave of suds had washed through the house. Seven-year-old Cade gets in the shower while two-year-old Sammy screams in the bath (not a big fan of getting clean). Lucy and Abra play peacefully in the other bathroom.

A few days ago I walked into the bathroom just after Cade had gotten out of the shower and was getting dressed.

“Dad,” he said, “there’s a stink bug!”


“Right there!”

I grabbed it, threw it into the toilet and sent it straight to that great warm light in the sky.

“Dad! Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Just grab it like that. You shouldn’t do that! Didn’t you hear about the people that got attacked by stink bugs in South America?”

“There was a stink bug attack in South America!” I could barely talk. I was laughing too hard on the inside.

“Yeah! Jude told me.”

“How did Jude hear about this?”

“I don’t know, but he’s the bravest kid I know.”

I don’t know if this was a group stinkbug effort, or one rogue bug taking out a human being. Whatever it was, consider yourselves warned.

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For other “Stuff Cade Says” posts, check these out:
Poisonous Trees, Poisonous Apples and Heaven on Earth
Animals that Eat People
Stuff Cade Says #2 (in which he asks me if I’m going to breastfeed the baby…with my “knuckles”)

7 Replies to “News Bulletin Regarding the Recent Stink Bug Attack in South America”

  1. Oh my gosh, that’s hysterical! I love to hear the stories my four come up with. Their honesty and innocence are truly a treasure that keeps parental hearts (and imaginations!!) young.

  2. Completely cracked me up! This had the whole house laughing this morning. I asked Jude about it and he said that Ben had told him about the attack. Ben had told Jude that there was a stink bug problem in Maryland, the state south of us in America. Seriously, love these kids!

  3. They’ve bitten me thrice on the face … I have the photo evidence on my blog to prove it!

    And, doesn’t it make sense that these little guys are some alien reconnaissance team? I mean, who’d expect aliens to be small? They have no known predators, and where are the baby stink bugs? They just appear, fully grown! And, to top it off, everybody says they’re from Asia … isn’t that the rumor that the gov. spreads for anything they can’t explain? Just sayin.

    I have declared war against the aliens … if Cade wants to join my army, I’d be happy to have him : )

  4. Well, Jude is the bravest kid I know. One of the reasons I want kids is to experience the beauty of non sequiturs like that.

  5. You better watch out for this Jude kid. Sounds like he might be brave enough to take you on. ;)

    Cute story.

    By the way, I really appreciate the latest mods to this site. Especially the pic of you in the header. It adds a lot.

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