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 I’m shocked that I’m willing to do so much killing

to protect my homeland security interests

 

 

Securing my homeland

By Judy Simmons

 

The last Thursday in March I raked pine straw: a soothing task compared to walking the treadmill at the cardiac rehab lab or the Y, where televisions gabble, machines screech and people shout conversations over both. A fellow Y patron told me I upset some people by insisting on turning the giant TV’s volume down from maximum (I kid you not) to medium. Another man said with what appeared to be disgust, “Look, she’s got on headphones.”

Precisely the point, I said, the TV still overpowered and noise is a stressor and I also pay to be here. Told I was out-voted I said I didn’t know it was a democracy. Lame. Should have said, “Why am I not surprised?” and raised my eyebrows at the five men present; two women had left. Timid Judy, facing the wrath of “the majority” for trying to save everyone from deadly noise pollution — it’s a Walter Mosley novel, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. Help me, Lord Jesus!

To scrape up pine droppings I used a good leaf rake I had ponied up 17 bucks for at Downing’s. I shop at local businesses some so we won’t be totally dependent on chains like Office Max and Cowboys. After I stuffed a 30-gallon trash bag with cones and straw, I commenced hostilities with terror-spreading fire ants. No limit to their appetite for domination. They get you with conventional and chemical weapons if you step wrong: the nasty bite and then the poison — at least it’s poison to my system as I swell up in painful pimples. Fast little buggers, too, very mobile, strike anywhere.

I grabbed the pole that fell off last year’s el-cheapo rake and advanced to the front with a bag of Spectracide and a quart-size plastic container. A friend told me he pokes the mounds to get the ants’ attention. I did that though it seems gratuitous to induce a frenzy of fear before deluging them with death granules. I guess it’s a shock-and-awe tactic to break their will to resist. The directions say pour a gallon of water gently after establishing a two-foot perimeter of poison granules. I did that. ‘Course we all know they’ve only retreated to eat their casualties and regroup. They’ll be baaack!

Mice made a surprise attack on my house this winter. I was caught off-guard because beloved Pudgy the Cat has been dead for more than a year; he had waged my war on mice terrorism since we met in 1989, a military tradition he inherited from other cats who served and protected before him. Finding myself without a standing mouser force for the first time since 1968, I went back to Downing’s and got Havoc poison bait pellets of a pastel aqua hue. In the next two weeks I disposed of two or three tiny mouse corpses, feeling tender and regretful that we didn’t reason together, and have been mice-terrorized no more.

In a day or two I’ll take out the Round-Up and spray death on the grasses that are cracking my concrete driveway. I’m shocked that I’m willing to do so much killing to protect my homeland security interests. I guess it’s different when invaders actually enter your own yard and house. Lucky for me I don’t think the whole world is my personal property.

Judy Dothard Simmons is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster with national media whose recent work appears in American Legacy Woman, Black Issues Book Review and Africana.com. She lives in Anniston.  

Source: Special to The Star--04-04-2003

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