my happy plague

I may be living with locusts.

We love to watch Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel on Sunday nights. It is quickly becoming a cooler-than-cool tradition. This past Sunday the show focused on deserts, and how certain living things are able to thrive there. Snakes, toads, camels, etc.

In some deserts there are locusts that live underground until there is the slightest hint of moisture, at which point they come out of their subterranean condominiums and eat everything in sight. At a band of up to 40 miles wide they thicken the sky until it is almost dark and eat every leaf, blade of desert grass, stalk.

The "moisture" came to my house this morning when my husband ran off to the local grocery store to pick up some cereal, milk, and lunch makings. Soon the whirring began as the boys ascended the stairs from their bedrooms and started ripping open boxes of rice chex, coconut granola bars, and whatever else was available.

I just ducked out of the way and plugged my ears.

16 comments

Lanie | April 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Boy, do I remember those days..a dozen eggs a pound of bacon, a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk gone in one day...now it's Dad who raids the pantry. ok, maybe I do too.

Lara | April 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

As the only daughter of my parents, I can attest to the truthfulness of this post. I was always astounded at how quickly my brothers downed everything as soon as it was brought home from the grocery store!

Midge | April 2, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Let's not just say boys here. My 4 year old girl can eat you out of house and home!

Heidi Ashworth | April 2, 2009 at 4:24 PM

bwaahhhaaahaaaa! I can just hear them now . . ..

That Girl in Brazil | April 2, 2009 at 4:45 PM

At least they're cute! We lived through the cicada invasion in Cincinnati and it was NOT pretty.

CHERRANNE | April 2, 2009 at 6:12 PM

LOL. Don't call the Seagulls in for that plague You have there, Kazz. Those guys are keepers! But then that is why it is Your "happy Plague". :-)

Heather of the EO | April 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I love how your posts are always like poetry, making your experiences something I can reach out in touch with their descriptiveness. I love it.

Melanie J | April 2, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Man, we have the BBC Planet Earth DVDs and we watch them for hours every Sunday. It's a totally religious experience.

Kazzy | April 2, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Lanie- we actually try and ration things out. HA!

Lara- it seriously is like they have a sixth sense and can tell when food has entered the house! But if eating a lot is their only vice I can take it!

Midge- and your kids will really eat veggies!

Heidi- they love to eat. What can I say?

TGiB- I grew up in Virginia and lived through a few locust invasion. Cuh-reepy!

Cher- they sure are keepers!

H,EO- thanks! I try to spin things enough to keep people reading, anyway!

Melanie- the show is incredible. Best gig Sigourney Weaver has had in a long time!

Connie | April 2, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Oh yeah. I can relate. Wait until your African son gets home! He'll be missing so much of his favorite food, he'll join right in with the rest of the locusts. Then that will really be your "happy plague"

Joanie | April 2, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Enjoy it all now... as soon enough you will be singing the song "Remember When" by Alan Jackson

wendy | April 2, 2009 at 7:56 PM

What a lovely "whirring" sound that would be.

Debra Andersen | April 2, 2009 at 10:04 PM

i watched that too!

LisAway | April 3, 2009 at 6:02 AM

Oh I LOVE Planet Earth. And I love the planet Earth, too. They show the documentary on Sunday here, too. Perfect Sunday watching.

Mrs4444 | April 4, 2009 at 11:32 PM

They sure can eat, can't they? Kyle even went to the store on his own this weekend, to make AMAZING sandwiches for himself. Too cute.

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel | April 5, 2009 at 11:58 PM

The kind of plague we can be grateful for :-) Fun post.