|I only have Cutter in the house right now.|
I know today I'm supposed to take off … but I'm a little off … I'm a perfectionist and I really have to do ALL 31 DAYS!
Off, the bug repellent, used to smell terrible, but we didn't have a choice up at the lake in that little cottage … the mosquitoes were terrible. Ssss. SSSSssss. SSSSt. There. Covered. Arms wet. Bare legs wet. Clothes covered. No bug could get through that.
But they were wrong.
I was always bitten. And on top of that, the smell of the bug spray made my stomach sick. So I would walk facing the breeze to breathe.
And the welts were huge, like quarters. They hurt the first day and itched the second. But it seemed like by the end of summer the mosquitoes were losing their venom, or my body was getting used to the poison, because the bites were smaller and didn't hang around so long.
But I still hated Off.
A few years ago I took some of my girls to see a reenactment of the rescue of a girl from the local Indians. The Colonel Crawford Company, a local reenactment group, divided themselves into settlers and Native Americans with one girl dressing in Indian garb and playing the captive. The reenactment took place deep in the woods. The settlers, armed with muskets, accompanied us into the woods, most of them moving silently (a skill I have never mastered) wearing high-top moccasins, breeches and cotton homespun shirts and leather jackets.
In preparation we were given individual packets of Off for protection from My Old Enemy – Mosquitoes. I braced myself for the opening of the packet, but I was pleasantly surprised by the scent. I slathered myself without gagging. I tucked the cottony pad inside my shirt for reapplication.
I saw the mosquitoes. I heard the mosquitoes. But I did not get bitten. The girl was rescued from the shaven, painted heathen brandishing authentic clubs (I prayed they had on jockey shorts under those loin clothes – but, alas) and we all made it out of the woods with our ears ringing (musket fire is much louder in the woods than on TV).
And I have a new respect for Off.
This is Day 22 in the 31 Day Challenge - http://write31days.com/