The tens of you that read this blog already know this, I’m sure. I’m not good at the inspirational, life-lesson type stuff. I like to share stories of really mundane things that happen to me. I try to put a fascinating spin on them so they are way more entertaining. It’s fun for me.
Last night I could not fall asleep until about 1am. (olympics) At 4am I woke up to something that sounded like a slow drip hitting my pillow. I turned the light on to check things out. I heard the sound again. There was nothing on my ceiling. Thirty seconds later I heard it again, still hitting the pillow. There is an electrical outlet behind my bed, so I got close to it to see if that was the source. I heard the pop again, but I didn’t see anything. I moved the pillow out of the way so I could get closer and waited. The next pop did not come from the same place. The pop was coming from my pillow!
I quickly threw the pillow onto the floor. I just knew there was a bug in there. You see, the deal with me and bugs is this. I DO NOT LIKE THEM. I started running scenarios in my head. If I removed the pillow and found a roach in my pillowcase, I would completely freak out from the thought of a roach crawling near my head while I was asleep. I would have to go to the emergency room, then come home and burn my sheets, my pillows, and possibly my hair. Then I would probably have to go to the emergency room again. I was tempted to just leave the pillow on the floor and go back to sleep hoping that the popping thing would go away.
Then I started thinking about the fact that if I left it there, the thing would still be alive. For a long time, I just watched the pillow for any sign of movement. I needed to get the specs on this creature. I still heard the popping, but I saw nothing. I grabbed my trusty can of Raid. There was only one thing left to do.
I grabbed the closed end of the pillowcase and started shaking. I like really thick, really firm pillows, so it took about ten minutes for the pillow to shimmy its way out of there. As soon as it flopped out, I dropped everything, ready to spray. I saw nothing. I bravely reached down and flung the pillowcase and pillow away from the scene.
I was very pleased to discover that the source of the popping was not a roach. It was one of those little beetle-type things. The kind that you grab with a tissue and crunch, but then they are still alive. My dad always called them “popping bugs.” Now I know why.
I hope “popping bugs” like Raid.