If you can’t laugh at yourself.
I went to feed the dogs a little while ago. The dry food is left out on the back porch to keep the cat out of it. Our back porch is fully closed in so it was safe. I thought. I picked up the bag and brought it into the kitchen to dish out the proper amount into their bowls. Just as I reached for the scoop, something ran across my hand. Not expecting it, I screamed. I dropped the bag and grabbed a flashlight and looked into the bag. It was a ginormous bug. Now, my first response in the past has been stomp on the thing. But, my softhearted son has me opting for the catch and release more often now. But I wasn’t going to do it, I went and got him. The scoop is actually a plastic bowl. He was going to use that and something to cover it to catch the critter.
He went to catch King Kong bug only for it to jump and land in the kitchen floor. Yes, I squealed. He managed to slam the bowl down over the bug Our first attempt was using a small paper plate. But it wasn’t flat and when he tried to use it, Godzilla bug escaped. Thankfully my son caught it again. So I began looking for a better option while the bug ran laps around the inside of the bowl. At first nothing was big enough, but I finally saw a large postcard ad for some thing that came in the mail the other day. Perfect. This time he managed to slide the card under the bowl and carried it out back. Tossing the bug free into the dark he brought my bowl back so I could finish feeding the dogs. Dogs who have been crying as if they were starving for a while now.
Living out here in a rural area, it isn’t unusual for critters to make their way inside. I do have to say though that since the not so strays have been here, I haven’t had any mice.
We’ve had birds get inside the house. We’ve had frogs find their way inside. A snake managed to get onto our back porch. When I was a kid, a big bull bat got inside. None of that tops my neighbor who had a bad habit of leaving his door open. He awoke one night to think his cat was on his bed so he turned over and went back to sleep. When he woke again, it was still there, but it wasn’t his cat. He had a possum crawl up in the bed with him. He closes his door now.
My son and I needed a few things from the big box store so we drove over there late this evening. I hadn’t been feeling the best all day so it was late when I felt like going. We managed to find everything we were looking for and went to check out. Brilliant me chose the line where the guy only had one item on the belt. One. Then had issues with the card he was using Of course my son had to make comments along the lines of “See what you get?” “Serves you right, if you had…” I ignored him, I’m getting really good at that.
The thing is, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. We are going to do silly things. We are going to make wrong choices.As long as it isn’t anything where someone was injured in any way. Laugh. Its good for you.