So of all these things to think about and all these things to anticipate and fear what is the single greatest issue I deal with so far? Bugs. Yeah, that’s right; bugs. See we knew we wouldn’t have central air and thus would need to leave windows and doors open for a breeze. Honestly, my thoughts never went past that. I didn’t think about the fact that those open portals would become the bug super highway of Cape Town, South Africa. Ants, check. Flies, check. Red bugs that apparently like to stick their butts together, check. Spiders, check. Beatles, check. Mosquito-looking-things, check.
I probably spend half of my day standing in our kitchen with a fly swatter strategically trying to outsmart the flies. My fast twitch muscles fibers have developed to elite athlete level. I swear I think the flies actually multiply when you kill them. I zeroed in on one loner the other day on the counter top that had been eyeing a freshly cut tomato and SMACK! I smashed it like I was trying to send it through the floor. I then picked up the rolled newspaper swatter I had and I kid you not I think three flies flew away all laughing at me. Have you ever heard a fly laugh? It is an evil sinister laugh.
But you know what…that is life in Africa. We can’t shut the windows and doors all the time and it wouldn’t matter if we did. They would still find a way in. If we wanted to install central air (in a rental house I might add) we might be laughed out of town. So we are learning to deal with it and accept it. I kill bugs with unabashed fury. We spray the ants and smash them with our fingers as we see them. We flick the red bugs out of the way. We let the dog chase and eat the beetles. It is just a new normal for life these days. I guess I am glad no one told us about this or we might have chosen to serve in South America or something. At least there are no bugs there.....right?