This morning when I opened up the annex a giant thing came limping out of the dark. It was so big I thought it was an injured frog. Then I got a look at it:
After a little panicking unbefitting a Kindergarten teacher I was able to re-enter the building. The mole cricket had placed itself between me and the stairs leading to my classroom, and there was no other way to enter. (At the time I thought it was a mutant mammal/grasshopper cross or something; the little front paws for digging are really and truly
So after a little preparation, I took a running leap and cleared four stairs in one go, putting me well out of the mole cricket's range. Then I sprinted the rest of way to my room, went in, closed the door, improvised a windstop and got to work. I also took a break to research the mole cricket, discovering that it could also fly. I closed all the windows.
When I left, I jumped down all the stairs after warning the cricket that I was totally willing and able to smash it. My voice hardly trembled at all. Then I ran out of the building. On my way out, I explained I had not locked up because
It's funny; had the Kindergartners been there I know I would've been capturing it in a jar and quite positively excited about the whole thing. On my own, though, not so much.