Okay, now I like bats.

March 5, 2012 | My Jottings

When my sister-in-law Christy saw my last blog post about the creepy, squeaky little bats on the roof of our vacation cabin, she said in the softest, most compassionate voice, “Oooh, I love bats!” And when she saw the dumbfounded look on my face, she pulled up a chair next to me at the computer and led me to a YouTube video about a bat.

This little baby bat was abandoned by his mother, then rescued and named Lil’ Drac (shudder), and as I watched the video with Christy, I was entranced.

You just have to see this:

And part 2:

I would have bet a lot of money that I would never get tears in my eyes over the plight of a bat. I would have lost that bet.

So, are those of you who weren’t fond of bats of a different opinion now? Or are you scoffing at this nutty bat propaganda?

I already knew how bats have an important job to do in the world, I just didn’t want to know very much about it, or have them squeaking within 100 yards of my dwelling.

Now my heart has cracked open a little bit toward bats.

I sometimes like to have deep conversations with friends about what God is doing in our lives.

Julie: So, friend, what is God doing in your life lately?

Friend: He is definitely helping me with my patience with my children, and increasing my desire to spend more time in prayer.

Julie: What a blessing!

Friend: So, Julie, what is God doing in your life lately?

Julie: He’s softening my heart toward bats.


Julie: Hey, don’t leave so quickly…where are you going????

And on an unrelated matter, here are the week’s seven things that have been donated as I give away 365 things during the year 2012:

Six excellent books and a soft throw/lap blanket.

Back to Lil’ Drac — what did you think after watching the videos?


  1. Roberta says:

    Julie, Lil’ Drac and the people at the Bat sanctuary touched my heart too. This was another instance in which something with which I was uncomfortable became less so, and made me want to react differently to the bats that live in the eaves of our house upstate. Watching Lil’ Drac cling to the life he was offered, under his unfortunate circumstances, made me see bats as another of God’s creatures. I hope he will be an example for me not turn away from any with whom I react negatively. Thanks for this.

  2. Larry says:

    Your blog this week is no surprise to me, as my wife “Christy” “ANIMAL LOVER SUPREME”, would if given the chance introduce anything that is of God’s creation, that crawls, fly’s, hoots, peeps, chirps barks, meaows, scoots, wiggles, or is four legged. Not matter the size or where it was intended to live or what God had designed it for in His creation. I speak from a VAST EXPERIENCE. ๐Ÿ™‚ All of which I say, enjoy then send my other half home to me rested, and at peace with the cold north, as I MISS HER BUNCHES AND GOBS, TOO CHIBEN AND FEEEEE. She will know that that means. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is not the same here with out her. ๐Ÿ™

  3. Savannah says:

    The bat cages were always my very favorite at the zoos… and I have ALWAYS loved bats!!
    But when I first saw this video, I bawled; especially the part where he rocks himself.
    Oh gosh, I want one.

  4. Julie says:

    I am glad you posted this. My husband put two bat houses on the south side of our house. They each can hold 300 bats. So far, I don’t think any have moved in.

  5. Ember says:

    Loved it. I didn’t know you could get bat milk!

  6. Ganeida says:

    I love bats! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think they would make excellent pets. They are exceptionally affectionate & trusting.

  7. Just Julie says:

    I would never have described bats as affectionate and trusting, Ganeida….but you learn something new all the time!

  8. Savannah says:

    Um…. bat houses??? Yes, please!!!

  9. Lloyd says:

    Priceless, Julie. Nothing on earth is softer than a bat’s wing. God made so much good stuff!

  10. Marcia says:

    I love to sit on our front steps in the early evening, usually in spring or summer, and watch the bats. They are amazing– the constant swooping and zipping back and forth, always onthe lookout for one more buggy snack. They’ve given us lots of entertainment through the years!

  11. Just Julie says:

    I’ll be looking at bats in a different way from now on, Marcia. God bless your week!

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