Thursday, July 29, 2010

The South Georgia Swarm

Gnats. If you live in south Georgia, you know what I’m talking about. During the summer months, one can hardly go outside for fear of being toted away by a swarm of gnats. They get in your eyes, on your boo boos, and around your mouth. They’re perhaps the most annoying creature on the planet.

One of my husband’s most traumatic experiences of his childhood is being attacked by gnats on the playground after eating his left over from Sunday dinner roast beef sandwich for lunch on Mondays. It took him years to figure out why he was the gnats’ favorite – well, he and his sister!

And those who don’t live here say, how could it possibly be that bad?

Let me just show you a few examples. This is just a normal afternoon outside.

gnats 072710 (1)This is without roast beef!

gnats 072710 (7) They’re everywhere.

gnats 072710 (8) No, your screen is not dirty, those are gnats all around her head.

gnats 072710 (9) It’s nearly impossible to get a gnat-free outdoor picture!

 gnats 072710 (10)

So poor Blair will grow up first using the eye rub before she quickly learns the hand wave and the eye blow – all gnat shooing strategies perfected by us south Georgians. (Well, I’m still working on it because I grew up just north of here where there aren’t as many.)


Janie said...

Bless her heart! We know EXACTLY how you feel....we're ready for the swarms to be GONE!!!
Hope ya'll are having a good week!

Jamie said...

LOL! I know exactly how you feel too! When we go home, I just automatically resort back to hand waves and blows without even thinking. Poor Greg and Abby are clueless!! No gnats in NC to practice those skills!
She will learn (and so will you) and then you won't even notice them anymore!
Enjoy the hot, gnat-y summer!!