This morning my grandmother, also named Jane A. Lindholm, left a note on my earlier blog post:
You had your share of mice in E. Middlebury. When I visited there was one in the couch[dead]. Surely one who simply scampers on the roof doesn’t upset you. Send Adrian up there with a broom and shoo him[her] away.
First of all, I’m pretty impressed that BOTH of my grandmothers, who are in their 90s are so tech savvy that they’re reading and commenting on blogs and Facebook posts. When I think about all the things they’ve learned in their lifetimes and are still learning it is a strong motivation to me to stay engaged and informed and open to new things.
It also made me chuckle reading about the welcome gift Grandma received upon visiting my childhood home in East Middlebury. As I recall, we always had mice in that house. I didn’t know about the dead mouse in the couch, which is a little grim. But I do remember that we had an upright piano in our den and sometimes I would lift up the lid so I could look inside at the guts and tap the wires. Inevitably there would be tiny piles of dog food in there. The mice would steal pellets from Babe’s meals and cache them in the piano, only to be found later by my pudgy little fingers.
It may be apocryphal, but there’s a family story that my father once walked around all day with a dead mouse in his shoe. Apparently, he put his foot in his shoe in the morning and crushed the tiny mouse, whose bones were so small that my dad didn’t even notice until he slipped his feet out at the end of the day and noticed the flattened creature.
I fear I’m now making it sound like I grew up in filth, in the middle of a rodents’ den. We had a nice little house and we had woods stretching out from our backyard. And when you live in a not-so-new house in the country, mice sometimes follow. So my grandmother is right, one little mouse in the eaves is not going to freak me out (though, for the record, it’s IN the roof, not on top of it). But I’m hoping I can seal up the house before this little guy convinces all his friends to camp out in our insulation all winter!