Even now, reading this, I can clearly remember how scared I was of the bugs in the resorts bathrooms.
I thought that you would all find the email quite funny, especially those of you that can relate to my “irrational” fear!
“Ahhhh… We just spend 3 days in the oldest rainforest in the world. It is 130 million years old. We saw elephants, snakes, deer, hogs, and many more interesting things. It was a lot of adventure packed into three days, and I can’t wait to show you guys the pictures!! The bad part….Last night there were these huge bugs and they kept flying at me while I was trying to eat dinner. Twice they hit me in the head!! I wanted to cry! I kept letting out little screams, and no one seemed afraid except me!!! 🙁 I couldn’t understand why no one else seemed bothered. The bugs were huge, and they made a hissing and rattling noise. I later found out that they are called Cicadas but they are often colloquially called locusts. Justin says that there are many of them in Texas, and now I fear that I have formed a distinct phobia for a bug that I might have to face many times when we live in Dallas.
Just before bed, I went to the communal toilets near our dorm room and there were close to 20 flying bugs in the bathroom!!! Again, I wanted to cry with fear. It took nearly 20 minutes of convincing to get me brave enough to enter! With Justin at the door, I managed to run in, pee, and then run out. I woke up 3 times in the night, but I was too scared to go to the bathroom. The first night in the jungle we had a huge rain storm, and all of the bugs stayed away. The second night was humid but drier. That’s when all the creepy crawlies came out!!! There was a guy brushing his teeth, and he couldn’t stop laughing at me because I was too scared to enter the ladies bathroom. He said, “You’re in the jungle sweetheart, embrace it!”. This didn’t help my situation at all. No one was taking me seriously. Could it be that I was the only one in this jungle that was THIS afraid of the flying/ hissing/ rattling bugs?! And then it dawned on me, yes!!! I was the only one, because no one else with a fear like this would come to the rainforest for three days. I want the adventure, but could I please have it without bugs?!
That is not the end of the story. This morning, after all the trauma of the night before…. I was in the shower, and I had just turned off the water when a huge spider ran in, under the door. It was about the size of my hand!!! ** No Justin, I’m not exaggerating!***
My heart literally stopped beating for a second, and then proceeded to beat so ferociously that I could feel it pounding in my chest!! It stood there… At the door (making it impossible for me to attempt to escape). The other problem was that this was a tiny shower, and the door had to open fully in order for me to leave. At that moment, there were other people in the communal area, so I couldn’t run out naked either. I reached for my towel as slowly as you could possibly imagine, and held my towel in front of me. I considered throwing the towel over the spider, but then knew I still had to open the door, which would move the towel and re-expose the spider. I stood there with my eyes glued to the spider. Heart racing. No breathing. I felt paralyzed by fear. They say that spiders are more scared of us than we are of them. NO WAY… This thing would have died, or ran away, if it was as scared as I was!!!!!
After what felt like 3 minutes of no breathing… suddenly the spider started running in circles at a ridiculous speed… All I could do was let out the breath that I had holding. I SCREAMED, and hopped around trying to avoid the spider toughing my feet. I was almost in tears, and I could barely breath. When it finally relaxed and moved into the corner (near the shower door), I wrapped my towel around me, bravely swung the door open, and jumped out nearly falling over. One of the girls in the bathroom helped me get my toiletry bag and clothes from the cubicle. I told her what had happened, and she said that she got a fright when I started screaming. We turned around to look at the spider in the corner AND IT WAS GONE!! I ran out of the bathroom in a panic! “