Mama: Why don't you go in that cave? It's just your size.
Miss M (3): No. There's big crabs and little crabs and they would pinch me.
Mama: Where? Oh. He's just a little crab. He won't pinch. You could sit right there!
Miss M: (Looks...)
Miss M: No. There's a kaneecha in there.
(A note of explanation about kaneechas. Several months ago, we were spending some wonderful time with our uncle, aunt, and cousins. One evening we were sitting around their campfire (they live in the woods of the Florida Panhandle), and listening to the sounds of the night. Miss A (5), asked what the sounds were, and Uncle T said something along the lines of "Oh, there's lots out there that can eat you..." Cousin A (26) said, in a slightly panicked voice, "What's a kaneecha?" And so our go-to-monster of choice was born: The Kaneecha.