Another first for me this week, was that I was stung by a yellow jacket. I had to look it up in my dictionary to discover that this is a wasp and not a bee. Clearly insects are not my area of expertise!
I took my fist trip to the Disney first aid station at the Magic Kingdom. The nurse pulled the stinger out of my arm then applied a bandage soaked in antibiotic solution and an ice pack secured with an elastic net to keep the ice pack in place. I asked her if she wanted to know the location in the park where I was stung. She said no, I was the first person today to come in with a sting. They just consider it part of the flower rich environment, unless the first aid station happened to be swarming with such cases,.
Ignoring the no, I told her that I was sitting outside of the Starlight Cafe eating a chocolate gelato and minding my own business when I felt a sharp pain in my arm. I looked down and discovered an inch long yellow jacket stinging me. I screeched and waved my free arm over the injured one to drive the attacker away.
Are there any entomologists out there in cyberspace? I wasn’t wearing cologne! Did I provoke the creature by my choice of a bright yellow and black t-shirt along with the sweet aroma of chocolate gelato? Or, was I the hapless vicim of random wasp violence?
Until I find an answer I vow never to wear yellow and black clothing outdoors again. Also, if the indoor seating is crowded, I will go hungry or find another restaurant.