-in the still of the night-

Here’s a new one: This morning I was awakened at 4:30 from a sound sleep….. by a crawdad.

I was laying here asleep when I realized that I had been hearing a sporadic sound – a clunk or a click – like someone tapping a couple of sheets of paper on a tabletop. My first rational thought was, maybe the air conditioner froze up. I’ve seen it happen. Old air conditioners work too hard and they get chunks of ice in them that crack and fall out. So I got up and went out to the living room. The air conditioner (which isn’t very old) seemed to be working just fine; but I turned it off anyway.

And then I heard the tapping sound behind me; like a big, hard-shelled bug hitting a window pane or a tv screen. But it was coming from the direction of the fish tank. So I turned on the light and looked in the fish tank and… discovered the source of  my nighttime frustration.The boys had brought in a scary-looking crawdad to keep our goldfish and minnows company. He’s bright orange and about 4 inches long. The crazy thing had a hold of a big pebble and was knocking it against the glass of the fish tank, which just happens to be on the other side of the wall from the head of our bed.

Who gets woken up in the night by a crawdad anyway? Just when you start taking it for granted that your kids are going to let you sleep through the night…

(I apologize for the photo. I have no idea how to take a clear, well-lit photo through fish tank water.)

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About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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