100 Most Dangerous

Dear Parents of Ethan’s Classmates:

I hereby apologize in advance for this Friday’s field trip to the nature center.  On the way there and during the nature walk, your children were no doubt terrified with facts on with how mosquitoes are one of the 100 Most Dangerous Creatures on the planet, due to their malaria and yellow-fever giving ways.  My son must have asked repeatedly whether everyone remembered their mosquito repellent and unwittingly reduced to tears those who did not.

Sorry about that.


Ethan’s Mom

This is Ethan’s new favorite book.  If you ever needed to know what to do when a frog fall hits you (that’s when a water spout scoops up frogs and shoots them mercilessly over land), then this is the book for you.

Ethan’s also got a great little journal, where he scribbles down inventions for things like catapults and notes about how to defeat sharks.  He wrote this article using info from the book:

What to Do When Lost in a  Jungle

by Ethan Dilloway

1. Beware of big animals and bugs.

2. Look for help.

3. Bring food, water, pen knife, rain coat, and matches.

4. Wear lots of clothes, if help is not found.

5. If you run out of food or water, go carefully and look for some.

6. Look out for crocs.

7. Be careful with the fruits.

8. The danger ratings you should know about the risk rating is two skulls and the survival rating is 60%.

I just love that he wrote this up!

Later, we were at Sandy’s on an evening walk, and as we gazed out over the six-foot waves, Ethan said, “I wonder if God stays up in Heaven because He’s afraid of what he created on Earth.”

My eyes misted and my heart thumped.  “You mean because of people and wars and things like that?”

“Nah,” Ethan said, sounding annoyed.  “Because of sharks and stuff.”

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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