Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 1, 2011

The Escape

When Dori woke us up at 4 a.m. to tell us there was a large dead bug with an exoskeleton in her bed, we did what any concerned, caring parents would do. We told her to throw it away and go to sleep.

When we dragged her out of bed this morning (as we do every morning) to get ready for school, she went to check on her fish tank. And then she went to check on Alison, the pet crayfish she inherited from the 4th grade crayfish lifecycle unit at school. Alison was not in the tank (well, the plastic shoe bin she uses as a tank).

Thus began the search for Alison, the “large, dead bug with an exoskeleton” that Dori found cuddling with her at 4 a.m.

Searching for Alison

You’ll note that Alison’s tank is on the left side of the heater cover (by the window, for those of you who don’t know what a radiator cover is). Now is the time for my mother to start laughing, reminiscing about the time they had to tear my bedroom apart looking for a fleeing scorpion (which wasn’t a pet). My room probably looked worse than this.

Mark found Alison behind the nightstand (on the opposite wall), curled up as close to the crack of the wall as possible.

Though Dori said crayfish can’t live for more than 5 minutes outside of water, Alison proved her wrong. She survived four hours, and now has a new lid to her tank.

She also has a new name:  Harry Houdini.


  1. Yuck! Have you met the new “stinkbug” yet?

  2. we lost a little lizzard once behind the stove. I had to take a day off to look for him. Have you experienced the stink bug yet?

  3. Cheryl – we’ve seen the stinkbugs, but not experienced their fragrance…yet. How did you swing the day off from work for a lizard? Sick day?

  4. I had a hamster named Houdini growing up. Once when he’d been loose in the house for two weeks, my mom had a dream that there was a hamster on her hand. She clamped her hand shut and woke up to find…a hamster in her hand.

  5. Phonnnnne Hommmmmme ET, Phonnnnne Hommmmmme.

  6. I love that you have a daughter who can say “exoskeleton” in the middle of the night.

  7. […] pig! And you’re welcome to play with it ANY TIME. And your classmate “J” who got the class crayfish you wanted? He’s sick of it and asked if you still wanted it. Your dad said you could have […]

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