5:57 While looking down at the counter, a think I see a shadow go across. I look up, see nothing, go on with what I was doing.
6:01 Star comes downstairs and says, "There's a bat flying around in our room," then sits down to eat some cereal like nothing happened.
6:02 COW comes downstairs with Turken and asks if we want to take care of it now or later. I answer "NOW!" because that was a dumb question. When else would we take care of it?? I think he meant he wanted me to take care of it after he left the house.
6:03 COW gets the (what normal people use to catch butterflies) net, handed it to me, and went to take a shower.
6:04 Net in hand, I tentatively opened their door a crack. Nothing. No bat flying around. I searched the room to no avail.
6:07 I gave up the search and headed downstairs to move breakfast along.
6:08 Turken is sitting at the counter crying, because no one will put milk in his cereal. When I shoot a questioning glance at the big kids, Phoenix responds, "Mostly because we don't understand what a whiney ahwahahejahehalsd means." Touche.
6:09 Giant breaks in with, "It's like I woke up in a cops movie. Dad woke us up and told us to stay down. We were to stop, drop, and roll our way to the door, because the bat was flying so low. It was so low, I had to wait for it to fly to the other side of the room before I could crouch down and get around Star's bed."
6:11 Buttercup enters the kitchen and says, "I had to use the upstairs bathroom, because the downstairs one is clogged."
6:13 Giant says, "I wish today was Dress Like Your Parents Day. I'd go in carrying a net and a plunger."
6:15-6:20 The boys get dressed for school in their room without batting an eye.
6:20 I drove Phoenix to meet his carpool.
6:26 I return home to find the rest of the family at the door waiting to leave.
6:35 I head upstairs to find the boys' room door and my bedroom door closed. Apparently, COW closed the boys' door to make sure the bat didn't go out, then closed ours just in case it did. I looked in the boys' room again, but still no bat.
As I write this, we have at least one bat in the house. Could be two, since whatever caused that shadow over the counter wouldn't have had time to make it upstairs before the upstairs bat was discovered.
I have no idea where it/they are.
I have two thoughts about the bat situation:
1. What does it say about us that not one person even flinched about a bat loose in the house?
2. I do not want anyone in my family to be this guy:
How has your day started?
Regardless, I hope you have a lovely day!
8:48pm Still no sight of the bat. The boys and I searched their room. We stripped their beds, looked behind every curtain and piece of furniture, inside every closet. No bat.
9:02 I left them with a kiss and a "let me know if it shows up".
10:14 Sitting at my computer downstairs, COW sick in bed, I hear a bang and someone running down the stairs. Phoenix says, "It's back."
10:15 Wielding my butterfly net, I turn on the light in the boys' room and see it circling around. Star stays in bed, hiding under his blanket. Giant never wakes up. I watch it swoop for a bit to figure out it's pattern, then swing. Caught it in one swish of the net. I grabbed a notebook which just happened to be near me, trapped the bat in the net, and took it outside. It flew away, making for one happy bat and a house full of happy people.