Wilma Wednesday: Bug

Wilma at the end of the hall

“Time for bed, Wilma.”


“You can barely keep your eyes open.”

“I will sleep in the living room.”

“But your bed is in the bedroom.”

“I will sleep in the kitchen.”

“Wilma, what’s wrong? Why don’t you want to go to bed?”

Her nose twitches. “I don’t like the bug.”

“You don’t—what?”

“I do not trust the bug.”

I walk down the hall to the bedroom. Wilma follows, staying behind me. I search for the—moth? giant mosquito? vampire bat? I don’t see a bug.

I turn to Wilma. She’s staring upward, eyes wide, ears back.

The ceiling fan.

“Wilma, it’s a fan. It makes the air move.”

“It has too many wings.”

“It’s not a bug. It’s for keeping cool. Don’t you like to stay cool?”

She turns and walks away down the hall, muttering about how cool it is in the living room, where people can sleep in safety.

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  1. chris - August 2, 2017 @ 05:05

    She must know something… maybe the fan might land on her? My kitty just gives it the once over and goes on by… As far as bugs, she use to kill them and eat them.. Now I kill them and she just stares at them and decides whether to eat/not. finicky isn’t the word

    • Petrea - August 2, 2017 @ 11:15

      Wilma’s not normally afraid of bugs, but this one is just too big.

  2. Anne Louise Bannon - August 2, 2017 @ 12:37

    Ceiling fans give me a headache. I’m with Wilma!

    • Petrea - August 2, 2017 @ 13:59

      Her allies make her feel vindicated!

  3. Leslie - August 2, 2017 @ 13:33

    Some folks have monsters in the closet. Others have bugs on the ceiling. Whatever you do, don’t let Wilma watch any Alfred Hitchcock movies. An unfortunate viewing of “The Birds” could scar her for life.
    While some people might be prone to say that the ill-considered cinema showing could cause her to dive under the bed, I would not suggest that in light of the fact that, as for me, the burglars live under the bed. 😉

    • Petrea - August 2, 2017 @ 14:00

      That’s the wrong place for burglars!
      I haven’t seen “The Birds,” because I’m as scared of such things as Wilma.

  4. Lizzie Harding Wilkins - August 2, 2017 @ 17:21

    If only it had been lower, Wilma could have ‘clipped’ its wings!

    • Petrea - August 2, 2017 @ 20:24

      She’d kill it if she had the chance!

  5. Virginia - August 2, 2017 @ 19:03

    I can’t catch my breath. Wilma rules~

    • Petrea - August 2, 2017 @ 20:24

      She knows it, too, Virginia!

  6. magiceye - August 3, 2017 @ 03:24

    So cute!

    • Petrea - August 3, 2017 @ 17:00

      Thanks. She’s a sweet girl.

  7. Sara - August 3, 2017 @ 13:06

    I’m with Wilma. A fan on the ceiling where I am sleeping would seem like giving the vulture just the opportunity it savors. But put it on the floor in a suitable box/cage/crate and that would be OK.

    • Petrea - August 3, 2017 @ 16:59

      I like this one, it has different speeds. Haven’t been able to convince Wilma, but if we run it at low speed she’ll accept it.

  8. William Kendall - August 3, 2017 @ 14:14

    I don’t blame her! I could never sleep in a room when one of those is active. It’s more the sound than anything else.

    • Petrea - August 3, 2017 @ 16:59

      I think everyone agrees with Wilma! I’m outnumbered. But at least this one’s quiet.

  9. TheChieftess - August 3, 2017 @ 20:10

    Wilma may have great understanding and intuition… at about 10 Dan’s nephew tried to ride the ceiling fan…didn’t work as he thought… yeah…he broke his arm!

    • Petrea - August 3, 2017 @ 20:41

      I like to think she’s a genius, but I’m not sure what would happen if she could reach it!

  10. Shelley - August 13, 2017 @ 00:09

    I’m with Wilma! When I put the ceiling bug on in the bedroom, I’m always a bit worried I’ll forget, raise my arms above my head for some inexplicable reason and …. argh! 🙂

    • Petrea - August 13, 2017 @ 14:37

      I’d like to forget, but it’s a little loud. Wilma would remind me anyway!

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