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This evening my son and I were in the middle of watching Jackass Forever. Yes, I watch infantile movies of idiots performing extremely dangerous and stupid stunts which also happen to be hysterically funny with my teenage son. We both love these kinds of movies so it’s really nice Father/Son time. So, as I said, we were in the middle of the movie when a bat started flying around the living room.
This also became some good Father/Son time as we assisted the bat back outside. This took a good five minutes or so as the bat seemed to enjoy playing keep-away with the ceiling fans and us. I can only guess that it slipped in from the garage when my son passed through with the weedeater early in the evening to finish trimming in the backyard. Now I think that many of us have seen similar scenes in many a movie.
The main difference that I can attest to in this real-life scenario is the lack of panic on either my son’s or my part. There was no squealing or cringing in the face of a five-ounce flying rodent. We both found it highly amusing and were laughing out loud. This was likely enhanced by the ridiculously funny movie that we had been watching prior to the interruption of our airborne guest.
We did our best to point the bat toward the two large exits that we provided. After a few near misses, our uninvited guest took to the night skies to, what I hope, is a long life for an insect-eating machine. It made for a fun and eventful evening with my son. It’s one of those things that will be a great story for a long time between us and for the next generation when they come along.Published in