So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and usually last only a minute or two. I will start sharing them with you in this occasional series.
Insects really like my hut.
I do not understand how my family of flies lived through my recent, extended absence, but they did.
There are plenty of ants that enjoy visiting to eat crumbs I did not know were on the ground.
The most annoying, though, are the cockroaches. They are not frequent daytime visitors. But they do like my company at night. I can’t really say how many visit at this time of day because I am asleep.
Except for the night one was crawling on me.
Yes, you read that right. I woke up to feeling something crawling on me, and it was a cockroach.
I thrashed in my sheets, trying to escape the insect. I nearly tore down my bed net, trying to get out of bed.
I took a few deep breathes and found my headlamp and glasses. I collected my broom and a flip flop.
I found the cockroach cowering in my bed. It took two tries to remove it, but I finally caught it with a cup and a piece of paper. Usually I let my insect intruders live, but not this time. I let out a nice whack with my flip flop and returned to bed.
Of course, it took two hours to calm down enough to fall asleep.
I had run out of data, as well, so I couldn’t let anyone know what was happening. Fortunately, I woke that morning to a gift of data from one of my friends checking in on me, since he hadn’t heard from me for 12+ hours. (Thanks, Deacon!)
His message said: Either you ran out of data or the insects finally got you.
I was able to respond with: Both! I woke up to a cockroach crawling on me.
Finally, I returned home this week to four dead cockroaches covered in ants. From now on, I am tucking in my bed net and hope that the cockroach parties in my hut stay out of my bed.