I need Professional help. Many of you already know this, but yesterday, in the parking lot of Acme (my local grocery store), it became painfully obvious to me as well.
Yesterday morning started like most others, way too early and with a million things to do leaving me no time to ready myself for the day. I managed to wake up early enough to shower though, since I was making an extra effort to appear normal for Jake’s preschool orientation. I dressed up a bit more than usual too, again as part of the facade of being a functional adult.
Orientation went off without a hitch and Jake cried when it was time to go home (hopefully a good sign). We got home just before lunch, so our mid-day madness ensued with toys everywhere, jelly smears from the kitchen to the bathroom…and all down my shirt resulting from plucking Jake off the top of the kitchen table.
Having had enough, and not really even half way through my already long day, I cleaned Jake up, fed the baby and put them both down for naps. After changing my shirt and delivering the baby monitors to my husband’s home office, I was out to the grocery store before having to pick up Joey from Kindergarten.
It was still warm, but breezy yesterday, and after changing I put on a black short sleeved sweater from Ann Taylor. It was one of my favorite pre-pregnancy shirts that I hadn’t worn in quite some time. As I drove the five miles to the store, I wondered what could be itching against my back knowing it couldn’t be a tag on this previously worn shirt. Unfortunately, it was in the center of my upper back, and not wanting to crash my car, I decided to wait until I got out to remove the object from my sweater.
Upon arriving at Acme, with the clock in my mind ticking away, I forgot about the itch and ran into the store. I began my “Super Market Sweep” style shopping, and somewhere around aisle five, the itching resumed. Not being the only other customer, and not wanting to look like a complete lunatic in my small town’s grocery store, I was unable to really determine the cause of or resolve the itching. I adjusted my sweater and tried to ignore the persistent itch which now felt like a quarter sized lump of prickles. WTF was in my shirt?
I used the self checkout in hopes that it would be faster, but the constant movement from the cart to the scanning mechanism to the bag and back to cart was almost more than I could bear. My cell phone rang and I could barely walk and talk as I made my way to the car. I hung up the phone, loaded three bags in the Suburban, and no longer cared how ridiculous I looked, I needed to get what I now imagined was a tumble weed out of my sweater.
Looking similar, I imagine, to a dog chasing its own tail, I reached as far around my back as I could, grabbed the hard and crunchy object that was entangled in fabric of my sweater and pulled. I felt the object break and a portion came loose in my hand while the rest flung back with the clothing to further irritated my skin.
“What the AHHHHHHHHH!” I screamed. Did I say screamed? I meant I cried out loudly in sheer terror at the half crunched object in my hand. There, in the palm of my hand, was the upper torso, head, and one giant antenna of the most gargantuan and disgusting (dead) cricket I had ever laid eyes on. “It’s in my shirt!” I continued to yell and frantically reach at the remaining carcass. “Oh, God! I can’t get it! I can’t get it!” I continued to cry out in the parking lot of Acme.
A man, probably in his mid thirties, came running after hearing my pleas. He set his bags down and shook the back of my shirt. “It’s still in there! It’s touching me!” I wailed.
“What is it? A bee? Is something stinging you?” he asked. Before I could answer, and seeing the fear painted on my face, he reached his hand down the back of my shirt, felt around, and after what felt like a lifetime but must have only been a few seconds in reality, he pulled out the bottom half of the Jurassic sized cricket. The bottom half, which was perhaps the worst of the two halves, with it’s giant musical legs, was now in his hands and he began to closely inspected it.
“Uh, I think it’s just a cricket, Miss…” he said now looking slightly embarrassed.
Sensing the strangers awkwardness at the realization that the creature in question was just a cricket, I immediately came up with a lie. “Oh, thank God! All I saw was brown legs and I thought it was a wasp. I’m extremely allergic to bees. Oh, thank you! Thank you so much.”
The man, now obviously feeling slightly heroic again and not so much like a public groper, said it was no problem and he was happy to help. I didn’t know what to do at this point either, so I went to hug the stranger, but stopped half way. I then attempted to shake his hand but it was more like a high five.
A small crowd (yes, crowd-kill me now) of about six people had gathered a couple parking spaces down, and the hero relayed to them that I was allergic to bees and had an insect in my shirt. They all nodded and one man shook his hand as he walked past.
At this point I wanted to abandon the rest of the bags and just drive home never to return to my local Acme again. Instead, I moved with incredible speed and loaded the bags as fast as I could. I nearly cried as I drove home wondering how far I should move to never see any of these people ever again.
Have I mentioned how small my town really is??
After unpacking the bags and hurrying over to Joey’s school to get a parking space, I had a few minutes upon arrival to really let this all sink in. I pondered, and not for long, how the cricket got into the sweater in the first place. My laundry room is in the basement, and this time of year (which is probably when I wore the sweater last), is infested with giant disgusting crickets. The basement is 85% finished, sealed, dry walled, etc. so my guess is these incredibly foul insects are getting in through the sump pump. There’s never any food down there, and I always see them in my laundry baskets, washer, dryer vent, etc. so my assumption is that they eat laundry as a primary food source.
So get the phone book, call the exterminator, I need professional help.
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