Monday, July 28, 2008

Here Sharky, Sharky, Sharky Sharky.......

I. hate. Sharks.

I know hate is a strong word, but I do. I hate them. There are many things on this earth that are annoying, but I can find a reason for them to be here. A purpose to their existence. Bees are annoying, but they help to pollinate flowers and make honey, which is really yummy. See, they have a purpose. The only purpose I can find for sharks is to keep the surfer population under control..and to strike fear in the hearts of all those that are sensible enough to be scared of them.

There is no point in leaving me a comment trying to convince me of a sharks purpose or trying to explain to me that God created all animals for a reason. I won't believe you. I hate sharks.

Yesterday, my family went to the beach. The beach we go to is small. It is never very crowded. There are lifeguards on duty. It is a nice beach.

In the past, we have seen lots of different sea critters. We have seen crabs and clams. We have seen sea slugs and sting rays. There have been tiny fish and BIG fish and star fish and all sorts of fish. We have even seen dolphins swimming just off shore a few times.

Well, yesterday, my worst nightmare came true.

We had been walking along the edge of the water and came to this point where the seaweed was pretty scarce and the water was REALLY clear and decently shallow. I told Jason he should take the little ones out into the water and walk around to see what they could see. My husband was about 30 feet out in the water. He had Evan (my 3 yr old) and Kyle (my 5 year old) with him. My daughter Mikaily (8 yr old) was about halfway out to him. I was on the sand (where anyone with a brain stays), watching Alaina play with the shells. I heard Jason yell....
"HEY! There's a shark!" and he took a couple of quick steps forward.
"HAHA! Very funny!" I said back to him. Knowing full well that he was pulling my leg because I am petrified of sharks.
"No, I'm serious." he said, looking up at me.
I could tell by the look on his face he was serious.
"Well get out of the water. NOW!" I yelled back at him.
Kyle listened. So did Kaily. The two of them came running towards me as fast as they could through the water, yelling "SHARK!!!!!!" I told them to hush, as not to induce panic.
"It's tiny. It's only about this big." He said as he held up his two pointer fingers, about ten inches apart. At that point, Kyle turned around and headed back out. My heart started racing. If there was a shark out there, I didn't want my children in the water...no matter how tiny it was. A ten inch shark could bite off Kyle's toe. Then, that would attract a bigger shark, that would swoop in out of no where and swallow him whole, before we had a chance to do anything about it! I told Kyle and Evan to come to me. They didn't listen. I watched them, wading around in the water that was chest high on them. they were staring down into the water and taking a step this way...then that way...then back again. It was obvious they could see it and were following it around.

Some other guy and his wife came along. He apparently knew a lot about sharks and had heard Jason say he saw one. So, what does a strange man who knows a lot about sharks do when he comes across one on the beach. Well, he herds it up to the shore and then.....picks it up, of course! That's right, I said he picked it up.

So, yesterday at the beach, not only did my children SEE a shark.....they TOUCHED a shark's belly. Seriously creepy. My heart still thumps when I think about it. I was visibly shaking. I don't care how tiny it is. It still has teeth. Tiny, SHARP teeth that could easily slice through flesh if it really wanted to.

A small crowd gathered. The guy let the kids look and touch it until he could tell the baby shark had had enough and he tossed it back out into the water. I looked it up online today. It was a bonnethead shark...a member of the hammerhead family. ICK!!! Makes me nauseous just thinking about it. No wonder I avoid going to the beach! And OF COURSE it would be the one time I forgot to take my camera with me......so here is one I found on google images....


So then today my day didn't get any better. I was straining the noodles for dinner and I looked outside on the lanai and found this:

Geesh!! This was not nearly as scary to me as the baby shark was, though.

Then this evening, Laney's polka dots decided to make a comeback. I am guessing it's just another viral rash, since that is what they told us it was last time. Although, both times now she has also been on antibiotics, so I am slightly worried that she might be having a reaction to the antibiotic. Who knows?? (notice her left eye? It's all swollen from where the infection is now coming out through her eye....ewwww!!)



The spots haven't broken her spirit, though. This is her, "I am cute and I totally know it" face.

Now, I am going to bed and not waking up for at least 3 days.....ok, well at least 3 hours. *sigh*

17 comments:

Kellan said...

That Laney is so darling! That story about the shark was CRAZY and I'd have been SCREAMING at all my kids to GET OUT OF THE WATER - NOW! I'm scared to death of sharks too - eeeek! And - that snake - OMG!!! We have snakes all over my yard, but I've never seen one that big! I scoop the baby snakes out of the pool all the time. I'd not like to see big, long black ones like that all the time - NOPE!

Take care - Kellan

Dawn said...

Sharks, snakes, strange spots on kids-all those scare me as well. I'm going to go to bed now and I'll probably dream about snakes... thanks Valarie! ;)

Valarie said...

Kellan- I was glad it was long and black. At least that means it isn't poisonous.
Dawn- Any time. :)

Pam's Pride said...

Ok, I think I would have been about half as scared as you with the shark BUT, the snake would have people me OVER the edge!! Call the looney bin and set me up a room!! Thankfully we do not get many snakes around where I live...maybe one small gardner snake a year.
I hope your little girls rash goes away soon!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

If the spots are an allergic reaction, some Benadryl might take care of it...

utmomof5 said...

I think the snake would have scared me more than the shark. I HATE snakes -- please tell me the reason they are on the earth!! (Okay so they eat mice, i guess that is a okay reason)

I am guessing then that you are not watching shark week on Discovery channel. :)

Jennifer said...

I'm with ya sista! Not many sea creatures I like especially not a shark!!

Amanda B. said...

Oh my goodness- what a day!!! Nope, I will definitely NOT try to tell you the worth of sharks because I don't think there is any either. I am sure I would have been a bit freaked as well, even though it is little. And then a SNAKE! yuck!! Oh, and you are officially a floridian now- you called it a lanai!!! I had to smile at that. You only hear that in Florida. :) I hope her rash clears up soon- poor thing!

Bonnie the Boss said...

What kind of a snake was that!!! Ick!!!

The Cochran Family said...

Sharks and Snakes and Alligators...oh my...just another day in the life of Val....on our neighborhood email this morning wa that copper heads are nesting in someone's backyard and they were wondering how to get rid of them????? Um ya a machine gun?????!!!!!!!!! DUH

Nat and Kari said...

Creepy. The idea of sharks freak me out too. We live about 10 minutes from the beach up here and the water isn't very clear at all. I worry about sharks as well!

Becky said...

Oh, my word...I would have TOTALLY freaked out about the sharks. I have nightmares about sharks and murky water. And if Ryan Seacrest could get bitten by a shark on the toe, any of us 'commoners' can, lol.

And snakes in my yard?! YIKES! I'd get out the shotgun. Seriously. I don't "do" snakes. Even 'good' snakes.

As for the spots, it does look as though Laney's got hives. Could she be allergic to that 'family' of antibiotics? She's a doll, by the way.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Sharks, snakes and rashes! Oh my!

I hope you got more than three hours sleep!

Betsy said...

Now I am going to have nightmares about that snake for a week!! at least!! See I live in Oregon, where sharks apparently don't frequent as its a bit chilly for even them... you can keep em all! But snakes, EWWW!!

Delena said...

I am sooooo with you on the shark thing. Too much Discovery Channel, I guess.

Leah said...

ack! I'd have FLIPPED OUT with my kids in the water near a shark, little or not. and some maniac picking it up encouraging my kids to TOUCH IT would have made me tempted to smack someone. Did you have the whole "that man was a professional and please never EVER attempt to pick up a shark" talk on the way home? LOL

Sorry about Alaina's spots. That's frustrating. Bless her little heart though, she definately doesn't look like they're bothering her any!

Valarie said...

Leah- I absolutely had that talk with them! And I also had the "if I ever see you trying to catch a shark in your hands, you will never see daylight again" talk with them, too.