Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bug Assembly

Yesterday, I was walking around the block, enjoying the lovely, if a little cool, spring air. It seems all creatures are taking in the sights and sounds and smells of spring. Neighbors are strolling, dogs are frolicking, birds are flirting... and gnats are congregating. In large clouds. In the middle of the sidewalk. At head-height.

As I turned a corner, breathing in the delightful fragrances of the season, I stepped right into a lively, grey cloud of gnats. I scrunched up my face, squinting my eyes, pursing my lips, and willing my nostrils closed. I breathed out of my mouth as if blowing out my birthday candles. The last thing I want is gnats in my lungs. Or worse, in my teeth and on my tongue, where my taste buds reside. Have you ever tasted a gnat? I don't think I have, but it's an experience I'd like to avoid. As I was using all the air in my body to expel any subversive bugs that were attempting to fly against the wind of my breath, I danced and swerved and waved my arms around my head. Because that helps. Just as I exited the long, dirty cloud, I noticed two girls walking toward me on the other side of the street. I'm sure I made a sensible impression. They couldn't see the living cloud of bugs. All they saw was the crazy lady waving, blowing, squinting, and generally freaking out over absolutely nothing.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Gotta love ALL the joys of spring. Oh and that is a way cute picture of the punk!

DIANE said...

I'm laughing out loud!

Jill Johnson said...

I rode through one of those on my bike. I was going to fast to prepare for it. I got gnats in every opening. They don't taste good.

Cathy Marlor said...

Yes, I've eaten gnats - for the same reason as Jill - they come too fast to avoid on my bike. I do manage to avoid getting them in my eyes if I wear large sunglasses but it is near impossible to keep your mouth closed throughout an entire bike ride!

Habs said...

I'm not quite sure why Heavenly Father created gnats. Perhaps it was a mistake!

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