I love bats. In my last house, I had a bunch of bat-themed stuff in the first floor half bath. I called it the batroom. (Ha.)
Two nights ago, I was in the middle of an oddly boring dream. Then some lightning started (in the dream) and thumping. But it was a dream so…par for the course right? But what jolted me out of my slumber was a very insistent THUMP, a BANG, and a lot of cursing.
The lightning was my husband’s flashlight. The thumping was him trying to get out of the way of a swooping bat as it soared into our bedroom.
“WHAT IS GOING ON?” I demanded.
“Uh…there’s a bat in the house…”
I put on my glasses. Sure enough, there was a little fluttery shape flying in circles around our ceiling fan. (We turned off the fan.)
I got up and put on a robe, because I am a sensible person. Husband, however, chose to deal with the intruder the same way he came into this world: naked and waving his arms around.
We got wee Batman to fly into the hall and then rest on the doorjamb of Thing 1 and 2’s room. Poor thing. But cute as could be. And no white nose, so that’s good. I got a towel and tried to gather him into it, but he took off and spent the next five minutes swooping up and down the stairwell.
Husband got a broom and opened the front door.
Me: Why are you turning on all the lights?
Him: I don’t know! I don’t know what to do!
Me: Turn the lights off, you don’t have any clothes on.
Him: Sara, it’s 4 a.m…..
Batman landed on a picture frame hanging on the wall. I gently laid the towel on him and he gave a tiny squeak.
Me: Crap. Did I hurt him? Why do you keep ducking? He’s not going to hit you.
Husband: I know, it’s just a reflex.
I stuck the broom up in the air, hoping Batman would land on it and I could launch him safely off the porch. Gently, bit by bit, we herded him right out the front door and back into the night.
Me: Thank god nobody is awake, you gave quite a show… This is why you need to have a bathrobe.
Husband: I’m going back to bed.
I’m not surprised we had a chiropteroid visitor. It’s an old house. I’m sure we’ll have more.