When we lived on the “River Place,” we were often surprised by a bat flying around in the house.
Well, I hated mice bad enough, but there are no words to describe how I felt about a “flying mouse,” or that is what they seemed like to me.
I heard so many tales about bats, that I was nearly hysterical if one made an appearance.
I had been told that if they ever bit you, you would get rabies, and probably die. I had heard that if they got in your hair, they would become so tightly entangled in your hair, that, it would be necessary to cut your hair completely off, to get the bat out. (I could just imagine how he would squeak, and bite, while this process was going on.) I had also heard that there were “vampire bats” which would suck the blood right out of you.
Now, I never have investigated any of these claims, and they could be wild stories to scare the young and that, they did; but I was to learn that it wasn’t just the young who were scared.
My oldest brother, Onas, who was 17 years my senior, came to visit us. He lived far away in Fragaria, Washington. He was married at the time, but I think this visit was by his self. (I’m sure there would have been even more fuss if his wife, Mary had been with him.
I was awakened from a deep sleep, by Onas screaming to the top of his voice, “BATS, BATS, BATS!” He was racing through the house with a tennis racket in his hand. He was a pretty good tennis player, and he hit that bat with a vengeance, and it fell right on to my bed. I began screaming, and no one wanted to touch the bat. I was afraid to stay in the bed, and afraid to get out.
After what seemed like an eternity, either Gaylord, my other brother, or my Dad, removed the bat, but, I don’t think there was a lot of sleeping in the house that night.
Praise God it’s been many years since I have encountered a bat, and I pray that I never will have that experience again.
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