Learner for Life

  • Posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Recently, I drove 1200 miles with my youngest son from Chicago to Winter Park, Florida.

This year, my son is living in a house with a few of his baseball teammates.

Because of the distance between home and the college, getting him all the things he needed was a little complicated. After a few online orders and visiting some local stores, we were getting things done. But, we were still lacking a dresser.

While relaxing at my hotel’s pool to recuperate from the long drive, I went to work to find a dresser. After a few phone calls, I found a perfect fit. I drove to the store, paid for it and watched two employees put it in the SUV. Just as I was about to close the trunk, I saw something move near the bottom of the dresser. I looked closer and saw a small bug. I quickly killed it and moved on.

I was proud of my purchase and knew my son would agree. It was made of solid wood with a designer name burned in the top drawer.

As I started driving my prized dresser to my son’s new place, I thought, “What if there are more bugs? I am in Florida…”

But being from Chicago, I pushed it aside. Yet, the thought wouldn’t go away. Just to be safe, I stopped by a store and armed myself with a can of Raid and a bottle of disinfectant.

Once at the house, my son and I took the dresser out and put in the garage.
Up to this point, I hadn’t mentioned anything to my son about the bug I had killed. Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that my purchase was from a resale shop. My husband would be so proud of my diligent search and purchase of the dresser.

In my mind,
a college student
doesn’t need the top
of the line in furniture.


Before moving the dresser into the house, a thorough cleaning was needed. I removed all the drawers with no issues. I took out my dependable can of bug spray and systematically started spraying the dresser from the top to the bottom.

Then it happened.


Out of nowhere and in various sizes, roaches poured out of little crevices. There were small ones and a couple bigger than three inches long. I screamed. My son jumped into action and saved me and his roommates from the creeping, germ-invested bugs.


Now normally a person
would stop right there and
be done.


Well, maybe having an accountant husband for over 25 years and completing two Dave Ramsey classes, I kept going.

We turned and flipped the dresser every way possible and sprayed.

But to me, that wasn’t enough.

I had my son take off the cardboard on the bottom and the back to be safe. Then I thought, “Maybe we should confine the dresser and examine it in a few days.” It sounded reasonable to me.

As we finished up the can of bug spray, I asked my son, “ Would you Google what roach eggs look like?” In the mean time, I started disinfecting the dresser with Clorox wipes.

I was about to start the back of the dresser when my son says, “ The eggs look like little black spots.” I stared at the back of the dresser where we had removed the cardboard. To my horror, I saw more black spots than wood.

That was it.
I called the store
and returned it.

The reason I’m sharing this story is to remind myself and you, when interesting events happen, try to be willing to learn.

In my case, what might work in the Midwest might not work in warmer humid locations. The next day, I purchased a new dresser for my son.

I am hoping in a few years my son and I can laugh at it. For now, it’s a little too soon. Last night I had a nightmares with lots of crawling bugs.

So my friends, love life, always be willing to learn and I hope you have a smile on your face.

9 Comments on Learner for Life

  1. Kelly Kellett says:

    Lori…yes I’m smiling! So many parallels between us. ..Our dads passing, executors, college kids, and my daughter even had an infestation of cockroaches in her apt a few weeks ago! You are such a doll!! Keep smiling and you will keep making us all smile! Love you!

  2. Julie Vogt says:

    I do have a smile on my face from your story! Oh, you are so brave!!! I would have been horrified by seeing even one roach! Way to give it the old college try. I can see the whole senerio unfold and I would probably would have had nightmares, too! Thanks for sharing and your encouragement to learn from unpleasant experiences! ❤️

  3. Karen says:

    Oh my goodness! What an adventure you have had. I feel for you, I too hate bugs. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  4. Kathe Barwacz says:

    What a story I got itchy reading it!!!! So happy you were so diligent about checking everything out. Wishing you a wonderful end of summer Lori – hugs

  5. Sharon says:

    I’m glad to see you back at it again — and I am glad you returned the dresser 🙂
    Love you!

  6. Kim Burns says:

    Yike!!! I learned a really good lesson after reading this, I’ll Facetime you if I buy a used dresser and you can help me inspect it!!! ❤️

  7. Stephanie says:

    Sooo I’ve been refinishing furniture for resale for a year now and I’m hoping I haven’t passed that along to anyone else Yikes! Girl you have always made me laugh, love and miss you much. When are you coming to see me

  8. Stacy says:


    I’m tickled to have read this, as I’m delighted you are writing! That is wonderful news. I enjoyed your story and connected to so much of it. You and Blake have such perseverance! You’re a credible teammate! Hoping Blake is off to a great start and Hopi g you’ll continue writing! Best to you!

  9. Jena Villarreal says:

    Yikes I know Florida has lots of bugs Good thing you were deligent and inspected further .
    Hope you had more time by the pool to recover
    Love you

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