I laughed out loud when I read this story about the cicadas re-emergence from a 17-year hibernation. They last came out in 1987, a year I totally remember because it was my high school senior year and the cicadas were INESCAPABLE in my area of Northern Virginia. You couldn’t sleep at night they were so loud.
And this year, 2004, they wake up and come out to play once again. This time, I’m in New Jersey, but this time I still get to enjoy them because this strain of cicadas stretches from Tennessee to New York.
But I have a funny story to tell, from the 1987 brood. My Uncle Jack was driving down the road, windows down. He was enjoying the fine spring weather as well as his sparkling new (and expensive) prescription sunglasses that he had just picked up from the eye doctor. He’s driving along, having a good time, when a cicada flies in the window and lodges itself in between my uncle’s sunglasses and his eye. In a panic, my uncle rips off his sunglasses and throws them out the window to get rid of the cicada.
I was laughing even as I typed that.
This Spring, make sure you drive with your car windows and sunroofs CLOSED if you live anywhere in between Tennessee and New York. Especially if you wear sunglasses while driving.