Friday, June 18, 2010

Oh, No, I didn't....EWWWWW!!!!

Oh. My. Goodness. I just killed Templeton. Yes, that's right. I just killed a rat. YUCK!!! Imagine this:

Three grown women with 8 children are happily frolicking in the pool on a hot summer day. Everyone is happy and relaxed and the children are squealing with delight. Suddenly, the oldest boy points out that a rat, yes, a RAT, is crawling by the pool. I quickly realized that I had to kill it, but man oh man, I did not want to do the dirty job. My friend, Janie, pointed out that we needed a shovel. I knew she was right but I still didn't want to do the honors. What ensued was quite comical. The children all jumped out of the pool, the other adult jumped in a chair, paralyzed with fear (okay, I'm using some dramatic license), and everyone was running around. The squeals turned into screams of terror as we ushered the children inside the back door. The rat was clearly sick because it was not running as it should have. It sat there right beside my sweet babies swimming wing and a green surf skate, looking at all of us with its nasty beady eyes. Yuck yuck yuck. I screamed and handed the shovel to Janie. She took a swing at the nasty rat, and he fell into the pool. A shovel immersed in a pool becomes impossibly heavy, and it was tough to get the yucky rat out of our now-infested pool. Janie screamed, "He's drowning!" I took the shovel and managed to pull him out of the water and bang him with the shovel until he was dead. I am gagging now simply telling this story. EWWWW. Rat guts are disgusting!! I started gagging and could not get his gut-spilling lifeless body on the shovel. Janie was brave and got him on the shovel. Meanwhile, the wee babes are all laughing, crying, and screaming in mixtures of terror and sheer delight. One child was talking about the rat being one of God's creatures. Yeah yeah yeah whatever. It's a RAT and rats deserve to DIE! Oh. My. Goodness. I was checking on the baby still strapped in the a/c running car when Janie and I traded the baton and I had the honor of dumping Templeton into the canal beside our house. I could not look at the rat as I carried it to the water for fear I would hurl. Upon returning back to the house, I had the honor of cleaning up rat guts and bleaching everything in sight. I called the pool man and the pool has already been shocked so that we don't pick up rabies or some other nasty rat disease. Goodbye dear Templeton, I sure hope you didn't leave behind any friends or family!!!!

15 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

You are my hero. Enough said.

Jo said...

I know this isn't funny ~ but I am laughing SO hard!
I am the biggest chicken when it comes to wildlife {I consider RATS to be very large animals!}and you would have found me screaming louder than any child and running away even faster.

Jo

Seersucker Scrapper said...

That is BRAVE with a capital B! I could never have done that.

Ewwww!!! You go girl!!!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

Oh My Goodness Mama Henley!!! Rats are soooooo gross, I see them every now and again in the city! Glad to hear that the pool is clean and the rat is gone, even if it wasn't easy.

Enjoy your weekend!

AmyRLugo said...

NO DRAMA! the other "adult" was paralyzed with fear! Yuck yuck yuck.... Your nature girl was killing me with her God's creature comments.
I'm gagging again just thinking about it. Y'all were so brave.!

EntertainingMom said...

Ewww! I am laughing too Jo! ;)

Susan said...

Except for in pet stores I don't think I've ever seen a rat. I've seen and killed plenty of those little guys, but never a rat. I think I would go into shock.

mamamagnolia said...

Where is a man when you need him???

The Mrs. said...

OMG the drama! LOL. So gross. Hate rats!

Eloise said...

Eek! I don't do rats very well. I am so proud of you for dealing with the situation yourself! I don't think I could have done it unless there was positively NO ONE else around to do it.

Hope the rest of your swimming this summer is fun and uneventful!

perfectly paisley said...

I could neverrrr. I would have been running for the hills. A cockroach sends me into a tizzy I can't even imagine! So impressed!

mFw said...

You are brave! That is gross! I guess the pool will need more chlorine!! haha!

bevy said...

I hate rats AND bats. I am gagging just thinking about your ordeal. I don't know if I could have done what you did... OMW

Miss Janice said...

Lord, I'm gagging also! I don't know how you did it. I would have told everyone to get inside quickly, shut the door behind them, and called a pest control company or the Fire Department. Lord, I could not have killed that thing! Bless your heart:)

pink green & southern said...

You are sooo brave. Once we had a huge snake by our pool and I had to call our neighbor to come kill it!