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And the Purpose for Mosquito Nets?

Ceiling hung mosquito netting.

Mosquito nets are multipurpose. Thankfully, when my parents were visiting us in the village of Toki, their minds immediately went to the presumed use behind mosquito netsto keep out mosquitoes.

We were sleeping in hammocks at the time but I didn’t know how they would handle that. Not having the necessary supplies to make a real bed, we put together a low frame on the ground that would support a queen size foam mattress. Lovingly I made the bed in preparation for their arrival with a mosquito net hung above it.

That first night as they prepared for bed I gave explicit instructions on how they had to be sure the mosquito net was tugged in on all sides. Lying against the side of the mattress was not enough. It had to be tugged in.

They probably thought we had the biggest and worst of mosquitoes. We did not. What we did have were an overabundance of rats! Toki, I’m sure, was where the Pied Piper led all the rats to!

Thankfully they are good listeners and the mosquito net did the trick. They never encountered any uninvited guests in their bed during the night!

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