I have a little story for you (that might make my mother squirm). So the other day, we were driving through lovely Strathroy with the windows rolled down. The windows were rolled down because we have no working air conditioner, so driving our car is like sitting inside a furnace, or with the windows rolled down and on country roads, like driving in the middle of a windstorm. (that was to prepare you, Tash. The drive home from the airport is going to be deathly. I apologize in advance.) This day though, while driving home from the park in Strathroy I suddenly felt an uncomfortable stinging inside my shirt, as in, right on “me right one” (that’s for you, Ros!). I glanced down and discovered a bright green bug inside my shirt stinging me. I quickly grabbed it and threw it out the window, but not before he got me twice.
I had never seen a green bee before, but apparently they are sweat bees who usually leave people alone and are rarely provoked to sting.
This would be more surprising, having a bee fly in the window and sting me unprovoked, except that I have a long history of random bee stings. I’ve had bees sting me while moving trash bags, picking up pumpkins, sitting on the beach, and even on the face while sleeping in my bedroom. Other bugs have it out for me too, like the spider that dropped down from the ceiling to bite my face while watching a movie with my husband, but bees and wasps are really my worst enemies. All that jazz about ignore them and they will ignore you, and hold still and they will go away is nonsense. Bees have it out for me.
Anyway, after being stung twice in such a sensitive area, but stuck in the car with 15 minutes between me and home, Jon says my only arsenal to deal with the pain was a bottle of cold water to pour over the stings and heavy breathing. He says it was one of the best days of his life. I must have appeared quite a sight to anyone who happened to glance in my car window while driving by. Then again, it may have been just another day in Strathroy with the Sodemans. Pure class.