Posted by: vlibrizzi | September 16, 2009

Mosquito hunts

Last night, C. showed me this great illustration blog  post on the NY Times website about the troubles with falling asleep, called “Good Night and Tough Luck” by Christoph Niemann. 

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/good-night-and-tough-luck/?scp=3&sq=sleep&st=cse

As soon as I read the part about mosquitos preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep I wondered, “Does he live in France too?”

mosquitoes at night

Over the last few months we’ve spent many a night in our french apartment in the forest sans window screens with mosquitos buzzing around us, preventing us from going to sleep. 

We’ve begun to think that the mosquitos torture us on purpose. 

Inevitably, the minute we fall asleep, we hear one of them buzzing right in our ears, as if to say, “I’m here! Wake up or I’ll bite you!”

But, of course, they’re mosquitos, so they bite you anyway and you wake up with big, red welts all over your arms, legs, and face.

There have been many a night when I’ve woken up to C. sitting straight up in bed, staring at the walls with furrowed brows and a magazine rolled up in his hand.

I’d ask, “What’s going on?” and he’d reply, “Mosquitos.”

Hunting mosquitos at night became our passion…or worst nightmare, whichever the case may be. And, inevitably, we’d both wake up the next morning, itching and bleary-eyed, with that darn mosquito still buzzing around the room.

Luckily, it’s getting chillier outside. No more open windows, no more mosquitos. 

I never thought I’d look forward to the winter, but after our late night mosquito hunts, I say, bring on the cold!

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