“Residents, please close your windows today as we will be releasing hundreds of ladybugs to combat the aphids in the trees.”
This notice was alarming for a number of reasons, including the fact that, A) By the time I saw it, it was already 2 o’clock in the afternoon. B) ALL the windows in my apartment were open and had been open all day. C) I believe that everything can be scary when encountered in a swarm. Bugs. Babies. Everything.
It is also important to note that the notice lied. They did not release hundreds of ladybugs, as promised. They released thousands of ladybugs. 25,000, to be exact. My building manager told me so.
I said it once, and I’ll say it again: alarming!
To be fair, the ladybugs aren’t really turning out to be all that scary. They’re all over the trees outside, but I’ve only seen one or two in the apartment. That said, here’s what I want to know: once the ladybugs eat the aphids, where will they go? Have we not just replaced one infestation with another? Are we not going to have to bring in more and more creatures to combat the ones we’ve already got, like in that song about the old lady who swallowed a fly?
D is really excited at the prospect. He figures, if we’re lucky, they’ll release bigger and bigger creatures, eventually getting to something like gorillas, which he’ll subsequently be able to befriend. Really. That’s what he’s hoping for.
Here’s a hilarious Japanese toilet training video that was sent to me on my birthday. Watch and learn.
Swarm of babies! Think about it.
P.S. I’ve decided that in honour of a new year online, I’m going to deviate from my song quote titles format. Guess all the songs I’ve used over the last year and you’ll get a prize. Or my undying, platonic love. One or the other. (No Googling, you cheaters! I know I can’t stop you, but I’m appealing to your sense of fair play.) Today's title, FYI, comes from the Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie. It was bigger, spongier and squarier, you know.