|Mr. Short Stack's Dirt Devil vac.|
The second email is the New York Times headlines, and I can't resist the illustration for "Goodnight. Sleep Clean." Inside the brain little janitors are sweeping and vacuuming the mental debris of the day. Otherwise your brain would resemble a fish tank with a broken filter. Great visual, if you could see it through the film of algae! The janitors and the working fish tank filter are, drumroll, sleep.
My brother had a tick in his ear once when we were kids. He also had a singing cricket in his cowboy boot when we were out trick-or-treating. I just had a moth fly up my bell-bottom jeans while I was driving.
Maybe the teeny tiny janitors in my brain will inspire me to do more housekeeping. I degreased the kitchen and removed the horror vacui accumulation of paper and magnets on the fridge. Went around knocking down cobwebs as big as hamsters.
On a sunshiny Sunday walk I found a praying mantis egg sack. Didn't mean for it to fall off the twig when I touched it, but since it did I brought it home. No, I didn't wake up with baby praying mantids in my ear. Thank you for your concern. Instead the egg sack went to school for show'n'tell. Tomorrow we will find a good spot for it on the playground. That's the sort of educational experience that makes us tick.
If you put a bug in someone's ear, you give him or her a reminder or suggestion relating to a future event.
If you put a flea in someone's ear it may mean you are planting a suspicion, or giving her a severe scolding.
If you find out what makes someone tick you have discovered what motivates him to behave a certain way.
A vacuum cleaner will not help if you wake up with a song stuck in your head. The earworm du jour:
Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter.
Who knows what the teeny janitor was sweeping away, but you can watch it here with Spanish subtitles! Hey Mr. Arnstein, here I am.
© 2014 Nancy L. Ruder