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LIVING IN AEGINA

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LIVING                                                                                MARCH 2013

MORE BATTLES

 

I opened the front door and headed straight to the bathroom but something caught my eye. “A BAT!” I screamed to child number 3, she and I being the only females in the family. No males present, one was in the UK and the other two down at the office in Aegina town. A sexist attitude I know and not at all feminist but heh! We both have long hair and neither of us fancied a bat getting tangled and possibly biting our scalps. So we shut the door to the downstairs sitting room (it is actually our girl den, the place where she and I watch high brow movies and box sets out stretched on the sofa beds and ok…sometimes we munch chocolate too but we also have a large ceramic fruit bowl teeming with mandarins.

We phoned MrL and child number 2, both by far the best bat battlers in our family and screamed down the phone that they had to come home NOW. Mr. L instructed us to locate the fishing net and reminded us of the technique. We tentatively pushed open the door, me holding the fishing net and child number three pressed into my back. Suddenly it swooped towards me. I dropped the net, turned quickly and tripped over my daughter. This isn’t what I had in mind. On top of the piano in the hall was the box set of Downton Abbey; that is what we had had in mind!

We agreed that we were too scared to pursue the creature that was ruining our evening and decided to speculate how it had got in. Well that wasn’t difficult; it HAD to be Mr. L! I had seen him earlier on in the evening out on the veranda, door wide open. Additionally, he’d left the front door open too. What stupid person would open doors on a warm evening? One who doesn’t have sittas of course. Like the cobblers children who have broken shoes, we have not got any sittas.

 Arriving home. Mr. L took the net, opened the door wide, switched on the light and fearlessly attempted to catch the bat. If he could get it to go into the net, the wings would not flap and we could throw it into the garden. Three and I screamed every time it swooped towards the door and finally ran into the bathroom holding the door slightly ajar so that we could monitor Mr. L’s progress. Like a true Greek hero, he bravely scooped the floor and waved the net in the air, occasionally clipping furniture and swinging at the light, true sonic warfare between two visually impaired creatures. Spartacus versus Batman…..  Five minutes, that’s all it took for him to entrap the bat inside the net…and how tiny and vulnerable it seemed, wings curled in, very rodent like, furry coat. He whipped the dark night with the net and the bat assumingly flew with relief into its black niche.

Three and I sang Mr. Ls praises and boosted his ego. We admired his prowess and were incredulous of his ability to hunt and capture with such agility and speed. A meeting interrupted at the office, he returned, pillion on number two’s motor scooter, self esteem massaged, life pretty good.

Checking the room for sneaky bats that might hide up the chimney or on top of the air conditioner,  Three was assigned the task of making my coffee and I set up the DVD player so that finally we’d be able to settle down to a relaxing evening

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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