My three youngest children ate some wild berries today.
I didn’t know about it.
I had no idea what kind of plant this is.
I have told them a zillion and one times to never eat any plant, berry or lost candies they find outside.
They clearly didn’t listen.
Vilay called the poison center in Zurich which said that they would most likely have started vomiting after a few hours if it had been poisonous.
I asked someone that lives near us and they told me the berries were harmless and would turn red when they were ripe.
I decided to teach my children a lesson.
I told my kids that the woman I asked thought that the berries were the good ones but if they instead were the bad ones (that look almost the same) we would know by tomorrow.
Because their eyes would have fallen out and only a doctor could put them back in. It would be very, very, very painful.
I am an evil mother.
Good thing is that my six year old was scared enough by her eyes falling out that she actually listened to me explain why you can’t eat plants or berries that grow wild outdoors. Afterwards, I did tell her that I fibbed so that she would be scared.
She told me she was really scared by the thought of her eyes falling out. She, also, told me that she was sorry that she had scared me.
That was the understatement of the year.
I was terrified by the thought of three of my four kids being harmed at the same time without my being able to do anything to stop it.
I asked what they would do to punish their children if their children had not listened to them and ate wild berries. They told me that they would send them to their room and not let them play outside for a long time. So, I sent them to their rooms and they are not allowed to play outside for a week.
Lesson learned…I pray.