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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Got Love Bugs?

No one who was in Mississippi in the wake of Katrina could possibly tell the story without a nod or two to the love bugs. They swarmed in before the clouds had even cleared and hung around for weeks smattering up every windshield and complicating every attempt to cook outdoors or even open a door or window in our sadly sweltering homes. It was surreal. It was a pestilence of Biblical proportions. It was worthy of any old Pharaoh whose borders needed smiting by the God of Moses and the Children of Israel. There was a shortage of everything, and amongst the long lines and people begging for ice to keep medications usable, there were also signs that said, “Can get love bugs off cars.” It was truly a sight to behold.

They say the love bugs had nothing to do with the storm, but I find that hard to believe. I’ve never seen anything like that before, and I’ve lived my whole life in Mississippi (unless you count a few years away at school).

Whatever the reasons, all I can say is somebody up there has a pretty twisted sense of humor.


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