Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Share a Childhood Memory

Sometimes Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenges are great for sparking ideas for future blog posts as well as the one for that night.  Once I started thinking about childhood memories, several came to mind all at once.  So it seems that I'll have good fodder for future subjects to write about!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music here) is:

(1) Have you written your memoirs yet?  If so, please share with us one story from your childhood.  If not, then start your memoirs!   The story could be a memory of your family life, your schoolwork, your neighborhood, etc.  It doesn't have to be a certain length, just something you recall.

(2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a link to your work as a comment to this post.


The Sugar Ant Invasion

This incident happened when I was about 13 or 14, I think.  My family had already moved to Villa Tasso, a small setttlement (unincorporated part of Walton County, in the very southwestern corner) in a rural area of the Florida Panhandle.

Florida is a great place for bugs of all kinds.  I used to joke that if there was a bug anywhere in the world, there was at least one of that bug somewhere in Florida.  It's bug heaven.

My family lived in two mobile homes that had been connected by a custom-built addition between them.  Being out in the country, there was no citified sewage system, so we had a septic tank.

One day I was in the bathroom at the back part of the second mobile home, doing what one does in a bathroom.  After I finished my task, I stood up and turned around to flush the toilet — to see hundreds of big sugar ants swarming out of the toilet bowl!

You can be sure I beat a hasty retreat out of the room as I started yelling for my parents.

We discovered that a break had occurred in the line connecting the toilet to the septic tank, and the ants had been attracted to all the goodness leaking out.  I was just the lucky person who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In writing up this little memory, I wanted to find a photograph of a sugar ant to accompany the story.  I discovered that sugar ants are properly a subset of carpenter ants.  I also learned that what we used to call sugar ants in Florida might not actually be sugar ants, as the information I can find seems to indicate that they don't occur in Florida.  What I remember is they were big and black and headed my way, and there were way too many of them.  They might have been black carpenter ants; this guy looks kind of familiar.

By Muéro at English Wikipedia.  Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons, Public Domain
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8 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, I have nightmares about critters in toilets. I once found a drowned rat in the toilet at C75. I freaked out about that.

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    1. That sounds like something worth freaking out about. But my first thought was to wonder who put the rat there for you to find.

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  2. That looks like a big bug indeed. I don't want to imagine being that close to a whole bunch of them. Funny story now, but not at the time, I'm sure.

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    1. It is a lot easier to laugh about it now, that's for sure!

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  3. Ewww! I'm not fond of bugs at all and don't think I'd want to find an army of them marching out of the toilet.

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    1. I don't mind bugs too much, but not coming out of the toilet right after my butt was hanging over it!

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  4. Mini story: When my mom was washing my sister's hair, a scorpion came up from the drain and into the sink. This happened in Arizona, so we are use to scorpions hiding in many places.

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    1. Remember that I wrote if there's a bug anywhere in the world, there's at least one of it in Florida? We had scorpions there too! One morning I found a dead one in my shoe.

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