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Bat Cave Report
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013

It was Saturday, September 28,2013. I had been babysitting seven adorable puppies all morning. My daughter had been fostering these little cuties for the Second Chance Animal Rescue. I was on the courthouse lawn in Mason, Texas for the Old Yeller Days event. I had coffee earlier in the day so things were looking good. At my feet holding puppies were a plethora of children. All was wonderful.

It was then that I heard a voice ask me about the bats. Yes, some people do recognize me out in the real world. It is quite odd at times when a little person runs up and grabs my legs in a tight bear hug. It makes my heart kick into gear even without coffee. The gentleman that asked me about the bats was trying his hardest to get the Mrs. to let him get the puppy. It was an easy sell. While he sat at the table to fill out the adoption forms we talked bats. Before he left he told me the absolutely most wonderful story that I have ever heard. I will now share it with you.

He and his wife brought their grandsons out to the cave last year. Both boys were four years old. They had done a zillion things with them that day, so they were pretty worn out, but being four year olds, they hung in there listening to my presentation about the bats.

One of the four year olds was watching television the other day with his family. They were watching a vampire bat movie. When it got to the point where the bat was going for the throat to suck the blood, the young man stated that vampire bats do not suck your blood! Granddad asked where he learned that and he answered, “At the Bat Cave!”

That was when it happened. My heart jumped right out of my chest and did the cutest little jig all across the courthouse lawn. Yes, it was a moment I will never forget. Some may say it was just the coffee. I know better.....It was pure pride!!! I have had coffee dances and let me tell you, this was NOT a coffee dance. Thank you Milo Kubista for passing on something that truly makes a difference to the world. I learned that you are five years old now, so get the grandparents to bring you out again. You probably won’t get there this year since our bats have gone back to Mexico already. We do have a few minutes of emergence from bats that are holding over here on their way back to Mexico. I can’t give you and emergence time since I don’t even know if there will be bats next week but if you would like to try, it would probably be safe to be there by 7:15 P.M.

I also want to tell you about another four year old young man named Coen that visited us at The Eckert James River Bat Cave on Friday night. He was wearing a cast because he broke his arm. That didn’t faze him coming to The Eckert James River Bat Cave to see the bats. No, this guy was a real trooper. He even signed in using his left hand since it was the right one that was broken. I told you, he is one great kid. He brought his granny and mommy out to see the bats. Granny had been to the Preserve to see the bat emergence thirty five years ago and she wanted to share this memory with the ones that she loved. Go GRANNY!! I was grabbing a bite to eat at the DQ on Saturday night. I was in the drive-thru and I looked in and there was this little arm in a cast waving a sweet hello to me...yes, it was Coen. I smiled and waved back, but that memory reminds me that I have the greatest job on this planet!!

I will have at least one more column this season since I will open this week. I will go out on Thursday and put an update on the bat hotline. The number is 325-347-5970. See ya at the cave......

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