Unwelcome Guests

This is a story for Friday Fictioneers, http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com

 

She was a tiny woman from the hills of Italy, now wed to an Italian man in America, an arranged marriage.

Her grown unmarried sons had jobs in a nearby shop. Each left an empty lunchbox in the kitchen after work. My mom was visiting the immaculate home and saw a couple of roaches. She guessed where the roaches had come from. The shop must have been full of them.

The latest addition to the family was still a baby. Mom spoke no italian. “The roaches–bite the baby.” she told the woman, making hand motions. The woman went wild.

48 thoughts on “Unwelcome Guests

    • I checked on that before I wrote the story and they have been known to bite, but the source said that there would have to be a lot of them most likely for that behavior to happen. Of course no one wants to really find out.

      Like

    • Thank you.That was a clean house actually, so just a couple were spotted, but you can bet that little woman found a way to get rid of those in a hurry. Insects are in sewers and can come up through city sewer drains also. A city dweller has to be vigilant. In India the hotels keep moth balls on the drains.

      Like

  1. i live in a third world country, when i see a cockroach, i grab my slipper and kill it on the spot. then i spray the spot with Lysol. lol doesn’t change the fact that they’re extremely yucky. i agree with Riya, great, skin-crawling tale. 🙂

    Like

    • I’m living in India and we have to get the exterminators to come every so often. I checked before writing this piece and my source said they usually only bite if there are a “lot” of them. My mother wasn’t taking any chances. She knew that woman would watch for them after that and probably find the source. In fact, my mother probably pointed out the source to her.

      Like

  2. Yuk! Living in the UK I’ve never seen a cockroach in real life (there might be some around but not that I’ve ever seen), but they look pretty horrible on the TV. Not the sort of thing you’d want near a baby – it might traumatise the kid if nothing else!

    Like

    • People in the cities probably have more because there are insects in the sewers and they can come up through drains. I guess that old saying would be true in this instance. There’s no shame in having them, just in keeping them. I live in India with my husband who’s an Indian and we have to get the exterminators here every so often. They come in different sizes here. When I was growing up we lived surrounded by woods and you haven’t really seen a roach until you see a “wood roach.” They are “huge”. Every once in a while one would get in the house, although they preferred trees. We had to have the exterminators then too.

      Like

  3. Growing up in Hawaii, cockroaches were like pets. (I jest, of course.) We even had flying cockroaches. So while I don’t cringe at the thought, I’m no longer use to seeing them since we live in a cooler climate, Washington State. However when I visit relatives in Hawaii, I again take roaches in stride.

    Like

    • Thank you for commenting on my story. We live in India and have screens, but it’s a tropical climate too and the doors and windows in this old building of flats don’t always seal things outside. We call the exterminator once in a while but it’s a continuing battle. In a way I’m glad we don’t live on the ground floor.

      Like

    • Thank you for reading and commmenting on my story. I did some mini resource on biting roaches and my source said that they will bite if there are a lot of them. My mother wasn’t taking any chances. I would guess that the fact that they’re around and keep invading even the cleanest of homes is the reason exterminators are kept busy.

      Like

  4. Funny, there is another understanding to the story that all possibly including our multiple personalities author seem to have missed? I read roach as in the urban slang sense in relation to the sign in the picture which highlighted the empty lunch boxes. I was then looking for the hidden sense behind Granny’s bad English expression. 😀
    Might explain Rochelle’s high school nick though : 420 etc? 😉
    Tay.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=roach

    Like

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on my story. Actually, I doubt either my mother or that Italian lady would have understood the term “roach” as it’s now used to refer to marijuana. That story came from pre-WW II days. I know that dates me, but it’s a fact I can hardly escape. Concerning the empty lunch boxes, they would be heaven for a factory roach if there was any food left in them. My mother couldn’t speak Italian so used half words and half motions to try to get the idea across. It must have worked. I do the same here in India, using a few Indian words and some pointing, etc.

      Like

    • Thank you for reading my story and for your comments. I’ve seen different kinds of roaches here in India. The bugs here keep the exterminators busy. I’m not familiar with a funnelweb spider but when we lived in North Carolina there were brown recluse spiders we had to watch out for. I’m sure others have probably been bitten by a cockroach, but don’t talk about it. People don’t like to remember unpleasant things. It’s helpful to use those experiences if you’re a writer though. I haven’t been bitten by a cockroach, but I read they can damage clothing in a closet.

      Like

  5. Oh, this brings my early childhood years back to me! I was born in post-war England, when housing was in short supply and our first family home was attached to a ‘working man’s club’ which had a cellar full of beer barrels of course. If we came home after dark and switched the light on, the entire floor would be heaving with what we called ‘black clocks’ which had swarmed through from the cellar next door. I would stand on the hearth and scream – I was only four! Here’s a link for a site about these critturs: http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/black-clock-beetle It’s no wonder I’m nuts! Your story made my skin creep. It could have been the start of a sci-fi movie as well. Ann

    Like

    • Thank you for reading my story and for your comment and the informational link. I can understand your feelings after the trama you suffered. I know what you mean about science fiction. The aliens sometimes look like bugs. I don’t think I could write a story like that.

      Like

  6. The first summer we moved to this brand new house – we were sitting on the deck around midnight. All of the sudden – I’m not kidding – hundreds of roaches came out between the cracks in the deck boards. We ran for the house. Our new exterminator was there the next morning – and every month for a year. You don’t have to live in a third world country – the creepy crawlers are everywhere! I don’t even watch entomology shows –

    Like

    • Thank you for reading my story and commenting. You’re right, insects of all varieties are everywhere. It’s possible that new homes, if they are built on an area where there has been land filled in, or if it was a forested area, have many insects in the ground. A school where I once taught was built on a filled-in wetland. Termites ate away the first gym floor. Every so often the exterminator had to be called.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.