Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Would you let this person try to save your life?


As I was heading north on Friday to spend the weekend with my daughter, she called. My daughter wondered if I left home yet so she could plan for my arrival. I gave her the information and then she said, "Now Mom, don't stop at the Goodwill in Portage. If you do that you will be late getting here." I told her I wouldn't, but I was crossing my fingers as I said that. When I was a kid, crossing your fingers when you were about to lie kinda undid the lie. Did you know that?

So, I stopped at the Goodwill in Portage for a quick peek. I packed up the few finds in my car and was on my way in about 20 minutes. Great timing.

I drove about a block then I slammed on the brakes, hopped out of my car and jumped around like I was on fire. I was out of breath with fear, my heart racing and I felt flush.

You know, I will do whatever I can to save most bugs. If I find one in my house I carefully scoop it up and set it outside. I used to smoosh them, but eventually decided that wasn't necessary. I take everything outside from Japanese beetles to earwigs to spiders. The only bug I still cannot show any compassion toward, however, is a mosquito. I figure they do try to hurt me....so it's self defense.

So, why did I freak out when a G.I.A.N.T daddy long leg crawled out from under my steering wheel while I was driving? Part of my freak-out was being caught off guard and we were in too close of quarters. I can share space with a large spider in my house, but sharing space while trapped in my car is an entirely different situation.

I stopped dancing when a car pulled over to ask if I was okay. Confidently and red faced, I said that I was just fine. I wonder what he really thought. Okay, focus. Deciding that I would stick to my commitment of not killing bugs that aren't trying to kill me, I planned on how I would remove the giant visitor from my car. He was still sitting there, patient. I remembered that once I tried to pick up a daddy long leg by it's long leg and it came off, but it seemed like my only option.

I gulped and quickly but gently took the daddy long leg by one of it's hind legs and quickly but gently set it on the road. I felt relieved and proud until he was run over by a car. Yup, all my best efforts to be a good Samaritan to a spider were literally squished right before my eyes. I felt defeated. After looking again at the squished spider in the road I drove heading north. You know, I'm assuming the daddy long leg was a he, but what if it was really a mommy long leg? Mommy long legs lay eggs....

Come to see us at our Velo market on August 7th and 8th, but please leave any spiders at home.
Au revoir,
Anastasia

1 comment:

  1. Maybe this was all karma for lying to your daughter?! ;)

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