Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while knows that I am terrified of frogs and toads. So what if they're cute and harmless? I'm still scared and I have good reasons for my fears. (Besides, they're not all cute and harmless. The Colombian dart frog is highly poisonous.)
If you're a frog lover, then I'm sorry. We can't be friends. (Just kidding! We can still be friends as long as you don't show me your pet frog.)
Back in the days when we lived in a desert, life was free of these wet, gross, repulsive hoppers. But now that we're in rainy, humid Florida, I'm having way more contact with them than I like.
Earlier this week, I was getting out of the car after dropping my daughter off at school. As I stepped out, I happened to glance at the rubber seal around the door. There was the ugliest frog I had ever seen, snuggled into the crack of the door, staring at me. I screamed and nearly jumped out of my skin. Thankfully, my hero son was with me and he chased the frog away with a stick while I watched from a safe distance.
I've been wary ever since, carefully opening doors and scanning for intruders before getting in the car. Despite my vigilance, another repulsive hopper (or else the same one) managed to find his way into the car this morning and onto the floor in the front. It's quite possible he was hiding there when we took my daughter to school. (But I just can't bear that thought -- it's too horrible to picture that cold, clammy body right next to my leg! Ugh!)
As my son and I were getting back into the car to take him to school, he noticed the frog on the floor. "Mom, there's a frog in the car!" he said. My memory is a little hazy after that. I think there was some screaming and yelling and running around. But I do remember my hero son trapping the frog under a cup and tossing him out into the yard. That boy has no idea how grateful I am. He may have just saved our lives. I hate to imagine what would have happened if we'd been driving and that thing hopped on me.
Someday I will face these fears and conquer them, and make peace with frogs and toads. But not today.