Contact Us

Yes, Wasps Are Scary, But Yellow Jackets Are Worse

hectorir/flickr

As I was reading about Jaclyn’s encounter with a wasp, and then Dave Spencer’s, I was reminded of a terrifying childhood experience which I relived a few weeks ago. Although I’m not allergic, that I know of, to things that sting, I will run like a banshee the moment one appears a few feet within my vacinity.

When I was 5, I was visiting my grandparents, and they had this white-painted picnic table in their backyard. If I recall correctly, the paint job wasn’t that old, but for some reason, I remember the paint was starting to peel off in small doses. I don’t remember what I was doing but I put my arm up on the table, and it was summer, so I was exposing my underarm. Next thing I know, I felt a very painful sting on my underarm, I looked and a yellow jacket was there. If there’s one part of the body you don’t want stung, it’s a sensitive place, kind of like when you step on a bee–been there done that!

With the unseasonably warm weather, we tend to open car windows, the windows in our homes, and all those stingy things take advantage of the inviting cooler air or fresh meat. A few weeks ago, I was driving to work with my window down, but I know I didn’t have it open before I went to my car to leave, I look down, and there on my pant leg–I was wearing jeans!–was an old friend, Mr. Yellow Jacket. I had to pull over, and I had to move very carefully to ensure I wouldn’t feel the unbearable pain. Whew! Success, but I could not believe it.

 

More from WBKR

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wbkr.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WBKR quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on WBKR quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!