Sudden pandemonium echoed up the stairs from the basement.
Casey's low voiced "RAAARR!" was barely audible under the shrill screams of pure panic coming from my children.
"That's funny," I thought. "They aren't usually that scared of their dad."
It sure helps to have a visual aid.
As I walked past the primary room today, I just happened to be in time to hear the teacher ask Meredith what her dad does to help the family. "He touches the bugs and doesn't even die."
Post Edit: For those of you who asked for more information, here it is. We have one creepy window well in the basement that collects wildlife--everything from mice to lizards to giant bugs. (Despite my carefully installed mesh grating over the top.) Since, until now, we didn't spend much time in the basement, we usually saw these unfortunates in various stages of decay and/or petrification. Now that we have carpet (! Post later!) we thought it would be a good idea to clean it out a little.
This giant beetle is the Prionus Californicus--it is a "long horned" wood borer beetle whose larva attack the roots of stone fruit trees. They can grow to be around 3 inches long. We don't know how long this one was because it had disintegrated under its wing cases, but it was BIG ENOUGH.