So I’m not really sure what to think about this. Of the two of us, my husband was the one who was thoroughly grossed out and immediately brought up the point of what if the kid swallows or chokes on the bug?
I saw this video on The Stir and immediately watched it several times. The toddler’s mother is recording him pop a cicada in and out of his mouth. You can hear her laughing behind the scenes.
Lance? Adorable. The cicada? Not so much. I can pretty much assure you I wouldn’t be pulling the same stunt with either of my children although, as Babble’s Meredith Carroll reports, cicadas are harmless.
My daughter can routinely be found sneaking the dog’s food and that grosses me out so I’m thinking there ain’t a chance in hell I’d record her tonguing a giant bug for kicks.
Anyway, along with the video she posted on Youtube, Lance’s mom says she’s taking a “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach with the cicadas currently invading Tennessee:
Tennessee is currently experiencing a mass invasion of cicadas (it happens once every 13 years here)…they are EVERYWHERE outside…Lance (age 3) has sort of taken the “If you can’t beat them, join them” approach, trying to have fun with them!
Lance is an entertaining and very curious child (ALL-boy!) – climbs everything, fears nothing, tries anything, and loves all creatures great and small! No cicadas were harmed in the making of this video (or any other time!). He had been playing with these bugs for days – they’re harmless! It made sense to get some footage of it before they disappeared, as he’ll be 16 the next time the cicadas make their way to Nashville!
Although the video was uploaded less than a week ago, it’s on it’s way to becoming viral with more than 100,000 page views. Without further ado, here’s Lance and the cicada:
What do you think? Stupid parenting moment or harmless fun?