Monday, September 27, 2010

True Story Tuesday - Hop To It

No way… truly?  It’s Tuesday already and time for some True Story Tuesday linky love!


Super easy to join in for some tales of the crazy, hilarious, amazing, miraculous, outrageous and (mostly) true things that have happened to you!

Just add the True Story Tuesday button to your post (copy and paste the text below the button on the right sidebar), come back and add your permalink (the www address you get when you click on your post title), and we’ll be around for some comment love!


This week brought to you by Rachel.  And a few million of her little friends:



It was somewhere around age nine.  Far past the age of any possible residual tomboyishness.  Soundly into the era of prissiness and all things befitting a junior member of royalty (snort).

I cannot show you an actual picture of this nine-year-old priss, because my mother still claims that the short haircut I sported looked cute.  But my school picture looked eerily like Davy Jones that year…

Davy Jones1

(Don’t hate – you wish you looked like a Monkees cast member too).

Our vacation that year consisted of visiting family in Idaho.  It was right at the height of a certain craze:

cabbage patch kids

(If you don’t remember this, please do not rub your age in my face… my wrinkles are mocking me).

A car full of parents and cousins and a grandma  - all headed to a nearby store to view the awesomeness that was The Cabbage Patch Kids.

Little did we know what the afternoon held…

(JAWS themesong)


Before we knew it, the sky began to grow darker.  And darker.  And suddenly that “darker” took shape.

Things began bouncing off my grandmother’s sedan.  It looked as if it were raining outside, but it was hard to make anything out.

The roads became slicker, the surroundings became blurred.

In a heartstopping moment, we realized that we were smack dab in the middle of a history-making moment.

See, that “rain”???


grasshopper plague 2


grasshopper locustss

grasshopper plague


It is hard, even now, to explain the sheer mass of the volume that fell from the sky.  These pictures don’t do justice to just how dark the sky turned.  And how you suddenly felt surrounded.

It littered the roads in a solid mass.



We made our way slowly through the crawling traffic… everyone staring agape through their smeared windows.



We parked and tentatively opened the doors.

We were met with an immediate hail – the weather beating down on  us, bouncing off of us, jumping all around us.


We ran to the store and took cover under an awning.  Yet it danced around our feet… smashed under each step we took.

What was it?  Why a grasshopper storm.

Of course.





Got a family legend or a story that qualifies as amazing, outrageous, and true?  Maybe you’ve already got it written?  Just paste the True Story Tuesday code in your post and link it right back up!  Can’t wait to read your stories!


(And yes… it was a nightmare to clean our hair.  And no, I didn’t get a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas.  Snap)


p.s. If you get a chance, head on over to Art’s Chili Pepper where I’m guest posting today! :)



Shana said...

Oh my gosh, that is gross. I woul dhave freaked out, I cannot stand anything that can jump on me! And don't mention them getting in hair...ewwwww. I am sorry you didn't get a Cabbage Patch though. I got 2 for my birthday and was so thrilled but those were the only ones i ever had.

Saimi said...

I always thought those cabbage patch kids were kinda freaky looking, but not as freaky as being in a grasshopper storm! Yikes!!

Allenspark Lodge said...

A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink named after you!"

The grasshopper replies, "You have a drink named Steve?"


Kmama said...

Oh yuck, yuck, yuck! I would have FREAKED out.

I had a cabbage patch doll. Actually, quite a few of them. My first one ever was named Lorelei. My favorite was the boy one, which I named Tommy. ;-)

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...


Kelly said...


I had 5 Cabbage Patch Dolls, A baby, a girl, a boy and a set of twins!

I still have them all in my attic!

myletterstoemily said...

unbelievable. gross. yuck.

truth is stranger than fiction.

i love your blog and am your newest

i would love to link your button and
know how to cut and paste but don't
know what i paste it ONTO.


Anonymous said...

A grasshoper storm ewww. Rain brings out grasshopper we found that found this summer. When at the grocery store and there were in the produce dept, yuck!

Heather said...

Ewwww. I have read about this in Little House on the Prairie. Stepping on bugs? Disgust.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Oh, now that's just gross!!! I've heard of that happening, but thankfully, I've never experienced the horror of it!

Tiffany said...

Oh that is just wrong. Another great reason to live in CO! No bug storms!

I had a Cabbage Patch doll too. I tried to give her a bath, and couldn't get all the moisture out of her head. She grew mold. Inside her head. Looked like a freak doll. And, yet, my parents made me keep her. Cruel, cruel people.

I need my therapist now.

GunDiva said...

I can't even imagine trying to get grasshoppers out of *your* hair. Yikes!

I hated Cabbage Patch dolls and after reading about Tiffany's mold-growing one, there's no chance of fondness now either.

Jennifer Haas said...

That is so crazy! I think that my boys would have loved it, maybe! With that many of them they may have been scared though. Who knows with them.

HeatherOz said...

I think I remember hearing about that. I'm from Utah and I know there are similar stories about grasshopper rain! YUCK
Where do you have family in ID?
My Grandpa is from Chester (near Rexburg).

Pam @ Kassie's Beach said...

Wow...straight out of Little House on the Prairie. I would have sat in my car for however long it took.

I got 2 Cabbage Patch Dolls for Christmas. We weren't rich so it was a shock. I still have them too!

Sorry about your neighbor. What a sad story. (Not so sad for the sweet girl in Jesus' arms, but for her family) Thanks for the reminder to love on our families! I'll pray for this family.

Foursons said...

OK, so I'm just now reading this. We had something similar to this happen when I was in HS. Although it wasn't a storm but more of a month long infestation. They were EVERYWHERE. Gross, so gross.

And I think I had 3 or 4 Cabbage Patch dolls. Sorry.

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