Thursday, February 22, 2024

The big bug conundrum

That's a lot of legs...
London, ON
January 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram

The planet belongs to the insects, and we just live here.

So when they show up inside the house, I feel more than a small amount of guilt that I have to, ah, find a way to remove them from our midst.

Normally I’ll do my best to coax the little folks outside. If I can get it onto a Kleenex* or paper towel, I’ll happily walk them outside and introduce them to their new home. The snow-covered bushes are particularly lovely this time of year.

This particular bug, however, may have met a different fate, as it was far more freak-out-worthy than a typical spider. Just the legs alone gave me chills, and there was no way I was going to allow that thing to keep roaming the house unimpeded.

I still feel guilt from having dispatched him (her? It? Neither?) but no one ever said life - an insect’s, a human’s, or any other organism’s - had to be fair.

Indeed, it isn’t. Bug or no bug, it’s a lesson we all learn one way or another.

* Kleenex is no longer sold in Canada. The company last year announced it was pulling its products from store shelves in the Great White North because apparently Canadians weren’t buying enough of it. Or something. Funny how the brand persists in our hearts, though. Marketing…

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