I get the weirdest, coolest gifts. This time it was a box full of praying mantis egg sacs. Hopefully, they will be out in our yard soon, slaughtering pests. The instructions say that one adult mantis can cover 3,500 square feet. Well, they'll be hatching and cannibalizing each other soon. I hope.
Anybody remember the story I told where I found one on the sidewalk, and while I was admiring it, Johnny came out of nowhere with an intent look on his face, and raised his foot to stomp it?
I slapped his descending leg aside, and picked the mantis up (to his goggle-eyed horror) and set in the top of our climbing rose vine. "Only smash bugs in the house! And NEVER a praying mantis! Or Daddy will stomp YOU!"