Adventure Under the Mosquito NetFor as long as I could remember I had either slept in the same room with my sister, or in the same bed.
|Me at about the time of the incident.|
It was the first time in my long life of 6 or so years, that I had ever slept by myself. There I was, a small little thing, lost in that big double bed under that big mosquito net.
Lucky for me my parent's room was just a few feet away. They wisely left their door open so the light from their room cast a comforting glow over the bed and I didn't feel so alone.
I don't think I made a fuss about going to bed, that wasn't like me. And I didn't have any nightmares. In fact I think I rather liked being an only child, having Mom all to myself.
Everything was going alone just fine.
(Can you sense something about to change? Can you sense an adventure?)
I had settled into bed and Mom had pulled down the mosquito net to tuck it in when I let out a screech. Now Mom didn't call me one of God's Screechers for nothing. I had a piercing scream that could carry for miles, bouncing off hills and traveling across the water three miles to St. Thomas.
There, inside the net with me was a... land crab. They are not small, and with claws extended can easily reach a foot or more across.
Dad rescued the poor disoriented thing and set it free outside, while Mom calmed me down. How it got inside the mosquito net remains a mystery to this day.
Land crabs mostly live in mangrove swamps in holes they dig down to water level. This way they can keep their gills wet. However, they do wander around top-side, particularly at night. They are good to eat. In the old days people would catch them, put them in a 55 gallon drum and feed them coconut meat and corn meal. It cleaned out their swampy innards and made the meat sweet, sweet.
Today I'm thankful for the little bit of rain we've gotten.
***What are you thankful for? What's the strangest animal/insect surprise you've discovered in your home?