This is the fifth in a series of short essays on the theme of “Invasions”
I’ll be posting. See backstory here… -Sarah White

By Kay Wiedholz

As a child there was a huge box elder tree in our back yard. Each Fall the invasion ofbox elder bugs covered the tree, the sidewalk and clung to the back of the house. I always thought the box elder tree was the genesis of the bugs. But now 60+ years later and 100 miles from that childhood home and not a box elder tree in site, again the sidewalk and the front of the house are crawling with those black and red invasive creatures.

I try to keep the doorway swept but they keep coming, much to the delight of my 3 1/2 year old grandson Aydyn who catches them, saves them, and calls for us all to admire his prizes.

Invasion? Beauty? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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