Oh, the joys of homeownership. It wasn’t long after we moved in that we discovered our first house guests… a family of ants. They were delighted to make themselves at home in our cupboards, in the dining room and even up on the second floor. The ant infestation was clearly an issue before we moved in, but you know, no one ever mentioned it to us. We are gaining control of the situation and I have only seen a few stragglers in the last couple of days.
In addition to the insects we have had two flying rodents come to visit as well. One morning the boys and I discovered a bat sleeping soundly on the curtains in the stairway. I tried to brush it off with a broom, but my shaking hands just couldn’t get the job done. (He) was on the phone with me and wanted me to grab it off with a towel but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The kids and I locked ourselves up in the office with a box of breakfast bars and watched TV until (he) drove home from work to rescue us. We think it got in through the gaps between the window and the AC unit so we closed those up. So far we haven’t had any more bats in the house.
Jane (a fictitious name) has been a much more welcomed house guest. She moved in close to two weeks ago and is occupying the guest room. I met Jane at the poetry slam and she recently became in need of a place to live; to get on her feet. We actually haven’t seen much of Jane. Her things are here, but she hasn’t spent much time here at all. She said she doesn’t want to be a burden. She thinks that the less she is around the less chance she has of upsetting or disappointing us and being asked to leave. How completely wrong she is. If anything, we are disappointed in her constant absence. I told her the other day that we want her to be around, we want her to be “a part of the family” and that we want this to be her home. I have seen her for about five minutes total since.
People out there are lonely and like the bats, just looking for a safe place to rest. It’s crazy the lies that the world believes. It’s crazy how difficult it is to prove to Jane that we welcome her company.