Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Ants Go Marching...

A few days ago I spied an ant. It was on the door to the kitchen pantry that holds the wastebasket, of course. It was a teeny tiny ant and it was by itself. I thought "Uh-oh--are there more?" But I didn't see any. Still. An ant. Could that be a good sign?

Lest you think I've lost my mind, I was thinking maybe this was a sign of spring. I glanced out the window...snow was still there. Glanced at the thermometer...cold was still there. Didn't look a thing like spring. But if the ants are out, could it mean they know something I don't know? Could it mean they know spring is going to be early this year?

Tonight, we ate fast food, and a french fry dropped on the floor, unseen by any of us. But the ants saw it and when we went back in the kitchen, the french fry had become an ant buffet. They were all over that poor potato.

I have to admit I was a little grossed out, but my first reaction was excitement: it must mean something that a horde of ants showed up! It MUST mean spring was sprung down under--deep in the ground where the little beasties live, perhaps?

Well, hubby decided it was time to act so he hurried to the store and came home with ant traps. Those poor dumb ants. They feasted on that trap like hogs at the trough, then staggered, sated, back to their nests dragging the poison with them.

Ah well...though the ants are living on borrowed time (24 hours, in fact, according to the package insert), they could still symbolize my soon release from winter.

Right? Just agree with me, please. I need to hang on to my spring dream.


6 comments:

Laury said...

You are so funny:) Probably remnants of last summer, you think? I saw a very draggy fly in my kitchen this morning. I didn't have the heart to kill him. Spring will be here one of these days. I can't wait!

Dee Yoder said...

Oooo...see, Laury? You have a fly and I have ants--it's a sign, I tell you!

Joanne Sher said...

Definitely a sign, Dee! It was ABOVE FREEZING here yesterday!!! Just around the proverbial corner!!

(giggle giggle giggle)

Patty Wysong said...

*happy dancin*
Spring is coming!
Spring is coming!
I just checked my yard for robins. Didn't see any.
Bummer.
But I KNOW they're out there.
somewhere!
=]

Sherri Ward said...

Yesterday it was quite cold, chilled me to the bone! Today I was out in beautiful sunshine and it felt warm!

Arlen's Living Water Springs said...

Today I saw several hundred geese flying around and landing in a field. It was awesome. I wondered if that was a sign of spring.