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'The Bat'

Updated on June 24, 2010

 I recently moved to the New England area and it is so beautiful here. I live on the third floor of a turn of the century house that has been turned into eight units. It is quiet here and has lots of trees.

I enjoy sitting out on the deck anytime of the day. The sun feels good and in the evening the stars are brilliant. When it gets dark the fireflies are many. But just as it is getting dark the bats are out in multitude. Tiny little things and I love to watch them.

Last night I was out there enjoying what nature has to offer and the bats were out feeding on the bugs and showing off their airy manners. Quickly zipping around catching unsuspecting bugs. I love it. Several times they flew close, but it wasn't until one landed on the deck, that I got a up close and personal encounter with them.

I was in awe when one flew so close to me then landed a few feet away. I thought wow, this is awesome. I had never seen one up close. Then it started crawling across the deck toward me. It was fine till It seemed it focused on me. I stood still and it kept coming, toward me. This tiny little thing struck fear in me. It continued to come toward me and as it got about a foot from me I stepped aside and it slipped off the edge of the deck into the near darkness. i breathed a sigh of relief. It was time to go in!

Then i had to laugh at myself. To be afraid of this tiny bat was ridiculous. What possible damage could it do? I felt silly for the fear. But as humans we find ourselves in fear of many things that we have no control over,  people, feelings, the unknown, sometimes these things seem so big it blocks our view of the peace that we all need. And just as I stepped aside last night, sometimes that is what we need to do, step aside and let it go. Don't dwell on the what ifs and the whys, just step aside, let it go and look beyond our fears. And many times if we do it right it just slips off over the edge of the universe and is gone. No harm done, and we breath a sigh of relief and laugh at ourselves for being so silly to fear such a tiny thing that, for that moment, seemed so huge.  It is amazing what such a momentary incident can pull up inside of us. Makes us think of things totally unrelated, yet trully has made a connection in us that we never saw coming.

 And yes I will continue to step outside and watch the bats but not without remembering that tiny little bat, doing it's natural thing, that made me think of things that are so true to our nature as human beings and is in each and every one of us. Just step aside!!!

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    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      7 years ago

      Wow, well I have never had them in my house. Actually this is first time I have seen one up close and personal, Lol!!! It really was quite interesting! Thanks for stopping in and for your comment!!

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      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great story. Well told. I hate bats!! we get them in my house all the time.

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      7 years ago

      Thank you sligobay I am glad that you enjpyed it. I just might take you up on the idea of writing a Halloween story. I haven't written ficton but may try it. Thanks for the suggestion and for stopping in!! And for your great comment, to funny!!

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      sligobay 

      7 years ago from east of the equator

      Hi 52- You are such a gifted storyteller. Your fear was described so well I could feel it ..." it kept coming, toward me". Creepy, crawly little demons which we are programmed to fear for rabies, their flight and entanglement in our hair and mostly,....as vampires! Boo!

      Their demonic reputation precedes them. With Halloween approaching, you might want to tell a scary story about the bat (and add some creative fiction). Cheers.

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Cats, always ready to pounce!! Lol!!!

      Thanks for stopping in and reading my Hub!!

      It seems bats are everywhere and quite the interesting creatures they are.

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      Lecie 

      8 years ago

      just yesterday i was sitting on my couch facing a window. my cat was on my lap getting her head scratched. we were watching the sun rise like usual. out of no where quick as a blink a bat hits the window with a thud and flies in the other direction. after wards i thought to myself how weird it was. the only bats i've ever seen around here are a dark brown or black color. this one was a light gray color. i know it was a bat because when it turned to fly away i heard it make the noise so recognizable to a bat. i was not left with fear but wonder at this new creature. my cat on the other hand was in attack mode trying to find where the bat had flown off to. she stood on the arm of the couch straight up like a prairie dog. she was so cute i had to laugh and got an evil eye in return.

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      DIM!!!! : )

      Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment, I have missed you!!

      Yes I think we could all 'step aside' a little more. Take Care xxxx

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you for that, beautifully written. I need to ´step aside´more in my life.

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      To funny bayoulady, I know when I was a girl we lived on a bayou and yes there were lots of critters around. They don't really bother me, it's just nature at its best. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      bayoulady 

      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I think I would run screaming if a bat got that close to me. But what really scares me out here in the country is snakes. I live on a bayou, and we see plenty, but mostly harmless ones. No matter ...even if it's a tiny little green one, I still take off running!

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for reading my hub and for your comment.

      Oh and your welcome!!!

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Nice read, thanks for sharing!

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Oh yes!! I will have to try the hot dogs, never had the chance to try that.

      Thanks for stopping in to read my Hub!!!

      Great comment!!

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I love bats! I think they are neat and we have plenty of them here too. The kids and I will go out and throw pieces of hot dog out to them and watch the catch the pieces. I do warn my kids that if they ever see one that is on the ground, to NEVER mess with it. They do carry rabies. Otherwise, we love them...keeps down the mosquitoes too. :-)

    • singlmomat52 profile imageAUTHOR

      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Yes, they are nocturnal and it is just as the sun is down here that they come out. It is really very beatiful and another wonder of nature. Thanks for your comment, it is always welcomed.

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub and haven't seen any bats lately but then I think they are nocturnal and feed at night.

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