One article I saw suggested a few preventive measures on how to keep our children safe from bug bites that might wind up infected or diseased or etc. (tap, tap. Is this thing on? Bug bites.) The primary measure suggested was to instruct our children of the of bugs and their bites and to teach them to themselves by always wearing shoes in the grass or when playing outside.
For fear of bug bites.
Last night I was anxious about Clemmy's swollen hand. Tonight I lay in bed with obnoxiously itchy ankles dosed in lavender oil in hopes that the bites will stop bothering me. It's bug season, I guess. But it's also warm weather season, and citrus blossom season, and veggie garden seedling season and carpenter bees in the wisteria season, and laying on old sheets in the grass season and barefoot season. And I will take all of that in exchange for some itching and swelling.
On the surface, I imagine we all would. But someone out there is really, actually trying to convince us to steer our children from the dangers of barefoot in the grass.
(Don't listen to them.)