“I Know 911…”

in My Take On Things,Real Estate

In twenty five years of marriage to a second generation real estate man, I can tell you I’ve heard many tales of quirky happenings during showings and closings.  My husband, Tim, is at it again with his recollection of this preview on a day last July.   Hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed hearing it.  –Leslie 

by Tim Moore, Guest Blogger

Polistes carolinus!  Are you scared yet?  No?  You should be.  RED WASPS!   Tiny little winged creatures who love to build nests under door jams to protect their colony from bad weather.  Non-aggressive insects until their little “paper” nest is disturbed, at which time these creatures become kamikaze homeland defense machines striking terror into the veins of any human to be on the receiving end of  their attack. 

I had the misfortune of accidentally disturbing a rather large nest while showing a Martin, TN property to a lovely family of  four last summer.   While innocently unlocking the door to a vacant house, I noticed a light fluttering feeling on the back of my neck and reached up to see what it was.  Suddenly, a sharp pain ran through the skin on the back of my neck causing my primal instinctive alarm system to take complete control of my body.  My senses knew a wasp attack was underway and initiated an automatic defense response without any conscious effort on my part. 

Flailing my arms and hands about my head and neck, I leapt from the front porch and ran at full speed, all the while screaming at the top of my lungs.  This instinctive evasive maneuver helped to minimize the inevitable physical damage and kept the number of stings to a minimum of six.  Yes, six highly painful wasp stings from a single attack.  Two on the back of the neck, three on the back and one on the arm. 

All efforts to maintain dignity and professionalism in the face of danger, and in the presence of my lovely family, had totally disappeared.  After all, how can you not look insanely silly running and screaming across the front yard while beating yourself about the head and neck?  However, I did manage to attract all of the attacking beasts away from my buyers who, after all the excitement, did show some sympathy and managed not to burst out laughing.  

Of course,  it was the mom who asked, with true concern in her voice,  if I was allergic to wasp stings?  Trying to make a little humor out the situation I replied “I don’t know.  Do you know CPR?”   

Tim Moore

This rather classy and attractive mom, who I think was probably internally panicking over images of mouth- to-mouth resuscitation with a male Realtor® whom she had just met, quickly held up her cell phone and said, “I know 911.” 

The soreness of the stings finally wore off, and I didn’t have an allergic reaction.  No one had to call 911 and best of all, I found this family a house to buy that they loved.  So, keep your eyes open when looking at vacant property in the summer.  Good ole Polistes carolinus, who frequent our West Tennessee region, could give you a stinging welcome! — Tim
Thanks to Tim for piping up every once in a while on MartinTNLiving.com.  West Tennessee does have its bugs and two state insects, one of which is the firefly.  According to two Martin friends, Tracy and Stephanie,  fireflies can put on an incredible show on the farm when they rise from the grass en masse to flitter in the dark!   There is so much to enjoy in West Tennessee.  Thinking of moving here?  Drop me a note or call me.  Happy to help you get acquainted with our corner of the state!

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