Sometimes the days I have are unimaginable! With 3 kids, a full time job, a home and a husband I often can not keep up and when a ‘PEST’ gets in my way, my day changes from a small windstorm to a full blown TORNADO! I hate pests- let me quantify this specifically: if it crawls with thin, twiny, fishing rod type reel-legs, flies and stings, produces mass amounts of offspring at one birthing and has a tail(mice,rats,etc) has a gross hard body and is impossible to kill unless you get its underbelly with a special liquid —-It qualifies as a pest in my home!!!!! I am not against wildlife, and I love birds, butterflies, and even ladybugs, but please keep the mice, wasps,hornets, horseflies, Wolf Spiders and so forth AWAY from me because they cause me to go weak in the knees, crazy with a broom and scream like a girl!
Not so long ago, we moved into a new home. We built this home and we built it in a woods-type setting. The home sits in what used to be a field which was cleared and left a bit of woods in our particular lot. Loving the green, thick, lush trees, the lot, the birds, the red foxes, the coyotes, the owls and more we have been blessed with our choice, until the day I was unpacking in the basement!
My then, 6 year old son was downstairs with me, and we were mulling through all the boxes which seemed endless as far as tasks go. As I unpacked I relished each item and placed it in its new home. My son was running around the basement in a cape on some adventure. Over head was a steel support beam and my son was running all over and under this beam, over and over. I continued to unpack boxes, look at things and place them on shelving. I had thought I saw sometime run overhead, but I said no, it was just something that my little one was throwing around(really,should I second guess myself,ever??) . Suddenly I heard,”mommy it’s a mice it’s a mouse, it’s crawling, mommy it’s above you” What I had not noticed is above my head was duct work and on the duct work was something moving: A MOUSE!
I screamed and screamed and screamed and I froze. My heart was pumping, my child was screaming, and my tongue suddenly felt numb. I could not move, I jumped onto a balance board(why would I do this I have no idea, it only brought me closer to the mouse) and I screamed more. I screamed so much that my daughter came running down the stairs, found out what was happening, she took the baby(I have 3 kids) and closed us(my 6 year old son and myself) in the basement. I screamed even more. I was hoping that she would have given me her little smile and I could have prodded myself off the board, but I was stuck there like I was in quick-drying cement, my feet .. GLUED to the board, paralyzed in fear!
Luckily, my 6 year old who was seemingly un-rattled by the whole incident and was able to move and think. My son ran for 2 things: a broom and a phone. I called my husband who was 15 minutes away, and on his way home. I was screaming, panting, squealing, squawking, begging him to go faster and help me. He was laughing because this was just so small in a guy’s world, my big tough man(lol)! After his laughter subsided he asked me what I was doing and once I told him I was standing on a Wii Balance Board he said, “you are actually closer to the ceiling”, reality kind of smacked me in the face and I went to “smack it in the face” ! I grabbed the broom from my son, and you know what I did next………..
that’s right, I ran up the stairs with my son as quick as I could and locked the door while waiting for my White Knight to come home and save me from the monster!
Being afraid of a mouse may sound so pathetic to you, but it is a real fact of life and home owning. Having recanted this story to so many people I have come to learn that we, amongst all the people we know are in the NORM, because a mouse in the house is pretty normal for everyone at one time or another! We have some great laughs with this story now, but at the time I felt like I had been invaded with mice because of ONE mouse. Living close to the woods and in a new development it is only natural the ‘Pests’ were looking for a home, but really I did not feel like sharing mine!
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