I have wonderfully fond memories of warm evenings on our back porch in Ohio, catching fireflies with bare hands. I want to recreate these extraordinary childhood wonders for my own children as they grow.
But alas, since we live in Florida, I can only offer them the wonder of the lovebug.
A lovebug is descendant of the fly family. But because they generally flit about in swarms, they more accurately resemble a plague.
A love bug gets its name because it spends a good deal of its short life span mating. And is often seen attached end to end, playing fast and loose with a neighboring love bug. Any one will do. My girlfriend’s 6 year old daughter described two lovebugs to me one evening while frolicking outdoors during Awana game time, “They’re doing the tango.”
No truer words were ever spoken.
We warned the children not to smile when running for the ball. They in turn made a game of trying to catch the lovebugs in their mouths.
While the onset of lovebug season is troublesome whenever you walk out of doors and inadvertently a pair ends up rattling around in your brain cavity, they are more offensive to the front of your automobile.
While driving down the highway the other day, I thought I heard the unmistakeable sound of raindrops. It turned out to be a swarm of hapless lovebugs that met with an early demise, as their entrails were splattered all over the windshield.
Lovebug guts on a car can spell body damage disaster if not removed immediately. Their tiny little body fragments become acidic is left for more than an hour or two, and can result in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if they are not removed.
An Easy Answer!
Fiddledaddy asked me if I had any dryer sheets. Since buying my dryer balls a few years ago, I’ve had no need to purchase dryer sheets. Dryer balls are a bonus tip for you today. Your welcome.
I did recall that a box with one lone bounce sheet had fallen behind the dryer some years ago. And what with my housekeeping skills being so finely honed, I was banking on the fact that the box was still there. And it was. Along with some stray underwear, a hairball the size of a small cat, and an extra child we had forgotten about.
Fiddledaddy came back in the house, sans the dryer sheet, a while later. “Success.” Dryer sheets are a most excellent way to remove pesky bug guts from the front of the car. You use them instead of a sponge or wash cloth, and with your favorite car wash soap. We use something called Rain-X.
But I’m stumped as to how to get them out from the deepest recesses of my nasal cavity.
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