Sunday, July 18, 2010


This morning when I stepped in the shower I noticed a Daddy Long Legs had taken up residence on one end. I pondered what to do about it. Normally I just leave spiders alone (black widows excluded) since they dispose of insect pests, but then I didn't want to be taking a shower and then feel something crawling up my leg.

I decided I would just leave it alone and if it got washed away so be it and if not, so be that, too.

Then I got to thinking about how you can categorize people based on the way they perceive "bugs."

There are those who automatically just stomp on any bug without giving any sort of consideration or thought; it's just something to be stepped on.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have those who refuse to kill a bug because it is a living creature. Either they leave it alone or they catch it and take it outside.

In the middle are those who are either afraid of bugs or view them as miniature weapons of mass destruction so they eliminate them. They realize the bugs are alive, but they are also evil and it is a matter of either us or them.

There are those who realize the bugs are alive but kill them anyway and show a bit of guilty remorse by saying, "sorry bug" right before doing the deed to them as if they could understand, much in the same way people who drive monster SUV's buy carbon offsets.

When we are very young, much of what we do is patterned on our parents. We imitate them. At that age, most of the time we don't understand why we do it; our parents do it so that's reason enough.

But let's say we don't know how our parents deal with bugs. We've observed bugs and understand that they are alive, just like any other animal. So in those very early stages of life, what is our reaction to the thought of squishing a bug?

I just wonder if that carries forward into our adult lives.

By the way, that Daddy Long Legs got wet and they are so pathetic when that happens because they just crumple up into a ball. I left it that way but I expect it will dry out pretty soon. I figure, if it survived, fine, if it got washed away, well, then it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Anonymous said...

Rickie- You of all people categorizing spiders as bugs.

Rickie Miyake said...

Haha.. well in the old days I would have made sure everyone was aware of the distinction between an insect and a spider, and that a "bug" was a certain type of insect and was different than a beetle or a wasp or a cricket, etc.

But now I'm just writing for the layperson, haha..