Wednesday, May 11, 2011

They're Here......

Reminiscent of "Poltergeist," eh?

Kinda....tho we are not talking about ghosts, or aliens, or paranormal activity.
 Nope, we are talking about real plague level bugs and grossness: cicadas.
 Less Spielberg, more redneck....

I don't fault you if you confused them with locusts; especially as they increase in their hordes and their noise becomes deafening.  They will swarm mowers and cover trees, make dogs sick as they crunch them like popcorn and elicit whoops of joy from boys who torment their sisters.  You crunch them as you walk, you wipe them off your car window with the windshield wipers, you give big spreading trees on the driveway or sidewalk a wide berth...and wear a baseball cap.  Yeah, really, you get the idea...
But, in fact, they are not  locusts and this isn't divine retribution.

 It's just bugs.
Lots of them; for 4-5 weeks or so.  
They arrive here in the south on a 13 year cycle and my big boys are laughing at the memory of them and the other kids...well they are not sure what to think...yet.

Me either.  It could go either way; as a trigger to freaking out and anger by my daughter who hates things that mess up routines, as a trigger to freaking out by another daughter who freaks out at any flying bug and bolts inside in paranoia, as a trigger to mischief and pranks by boys big and small...too, too hard to resist (all boys...even the dad person, ahem).

So, we will wait out this cycle and be very glad it's only once every 13 years.
Summer fun!


graceling said...

I do not consider myself to have a weak stomach by any definition, but.... I did just kinda get the heebie-jeebies.

Not. My. Thing.

Will they be gone by the end of July?

coffeemom said...

Grace, the timing of your move couldn't be more perfect: cicada-wise. You'll be free and clear (they'll even be cleaned up, score!) and you'll have an invasion free 12 years before the next cycle. Yay for you!

Jen said...

Funny little things aren'e they??? I remember the summer of the cicadas:)

OneThankfulMom said...

And I thought having a bull in the backyard was unusual. Just think of all the great nature study opportunities! I may not be commenting much, but I'm thinking of you.


Semi-feral Mama said...

It has been too cold here so far. But we are supposed to have a record year. And the house we just bought, the one we will move into in a few weeks right when it heats up, it backs up to a nice little thicket of woods. I am seriously, seriously dreading the things.
And my Ethiopian son whose two favorite sayings right now are, "Too loud" and "Scary, Mama" ... well, it is going to be interesting.