Wednesday, December 9, 2009

and of course i was sitting right up front.

tonight was our "Candlelight & Carols" Advent service at church. it's one of my favorite services. the church is lit almost entirely by candles (one spotlight shines softly on the altar) & we pause to think, to reflect, to find peace in the midst of all the bustle associated with Christmas. it is designed to feel like a refuge in the center of a whirling storm.

we reach a point in the service when we are pausing to remember loved ones who have passed away. the church is silent & reverent.

and then, i hear it. that unmistakable whine.

a mosquito.

and he is buzzing all around me. first by this ear, then the other. lands on my neck, my hair, my arm. i cannot just allow a mosquito to land on me & nibble. just can't. so i am trying to discreetly swat him away. but he.won't.leave. he just keeps hovering. and whining. faster & faster. tormenting me.

and there i am, swatting away at the mosquito. but the church is dark & no one can *see* it. so i just look insane. arms flailing, hands waving, trying to defend myself. from a mosquito. AT CHRISTMASTIME. only in Florida is this an issue.

i can't tell you how grateful i was when, at the end of the service, the guy sitting behind me tapped my shoulder & said "i just want you to know, i know you're not crazy. i saw the mosquito. i wanted to swat him for you when i saw him land on your hair but i thought you might turn around & hit *me*."

so much for some quiet moments to breathe & re-center myself.

8 with their own thoughts:

Valerie Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:29:00 PM  

haha! hilarious! That guy was funny!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:23:00 PM  

Oh my goodness, a mosquito in church would drive me bonkers! How awesome of that guy to let you know you weren't crazy and at least he (hahaha!) didn't think you were, LOL!

K13 Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:50:00 PM  

wow - i'm shocked the guy behind you said that. too funny!

Anonymous,  Friday, December 11, 2009 4:34:00 AM  

We are plagued by flies right now with the heat, and mosquitoes are not far away.

Oh and I saw you want the cool Tupperware vege and fruit storers. They are great! Though I'd recommend bigger rather than smaller ones.

Reverend Ref + Friday, December 11, 2009 10:41:00 AM  

Not too many mosquitoes and flies when it's cold enough to freeze the communion wine -- and no, I am NOT kidding.

I found my communion wine frozen solid when I went into the sacristy to prep for a home communion visit.

Pat Sunday, December 13, 2009 3:24:00 PM  

At least that guy gave you some peace of mind. He knew you weren't crazy! LOL!

June Monday, December 14, 2009 2:45:00 PM  

Not to laugh at the misfortunes of others...::giggle giggle::...but I needed that! Thanks for sharing! :o)

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