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Ants in My Mailbox

Yesterday I had ants in my mailbox…I know that in itself isn’t very interesting, but stay with me I do have a point.  Ever have one of those really ironic moments where the only option is to just laugh out loud like a mad person?  I did that yesterday…just burst out into insane laughter because of ants in my mailbox.  Ok y’all, I’m kidding, there’s more to it than that.  This is how the story goes.  I walked out to the mailbox to put a letter in for the mailman to pick up and when I opened the mailbox it was infested with tons of ants and ant eggs (I think that’s what they were carrying anyway).  It shocked me, but not too much because I’m noticing a pattern where this happens occasionally after a good rain.  So, anyway, I sent my husband out to exterminate them as quickly as possible so I could put my letter in the mail before the mailman came by.  You know, I wouldn’t want to have to drive in my air conditioned, over sized, fully loaded SUV to the post office (insert hint of sarcasm).  Well, anyway, he did the deed for me and cleaned them out and put my letter in the box…all was finished!  But then, maybe about an hour or so after, my oldest comes to me with his unopened ant farm he had received for Christmas.  Since, we moved in January we haven’t had time to get to it.  I was really busy yesterday and had already told him no to several things, so I felt compelled to indulge him with this request.  I open it up, find the coupon, order him some ants, and spend $5 on shipping for ANTS!  Well, I didn’t let the cheapskate in me get too upset because had it in my mind that it was probably special ants, breed specifically for ant farms, you know.  I was feeling pretty accomplished to at least get one thing done that he had asked me to do that day, while he was over there sulking because he read where it might take 2-5 weeks to get them.  When I picked it up to read I was surprised to see instructions on how to use ones from your own yard!  So, here I am waiting 2-5 weeks for $5 ants to come in my mailbox when I had a whole mailbox full of free ants already in there that morning (here is where you insert insane laughter)!  You know sometimes we are already provided with the things that we are going to need for that day, but we don’t have the patience to wait and see how we are going to need it or be able to use it.  It’s kind of like that whole making lemonade out of lemons thing…If I had just taken the time to think about it, I probably would’ve remembered the unopened ant farm and could’ve killed two birds with one stone, as they say.  So, I share this only to let you know that you’re not the only one with ironic moments and maybe when you come across a problem you can think back on the ants in my mailbox and see if there is a way to use your dis”ant”vantage (sorry, I couldn’t resist the urge to be corny) to your advantage!

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