By SUSAN DROMEY HEETER, Joyful Musings
I once was taking a bath and a centipede came directly out of the faucet. I was in my apartment in Holland and I’ve never left a tub so quickly, never run so fast, never been so terrified. A centipede. In my bathtub. The horrors.
And I muse joyfully on the bugs that are currently returning – the stink bugs with their motorized wings and their amazing ability to appear through the tightest security, windows shut tight, doors locked.
I was in a meeting once sitting behind a man with one of those heads that was a perfect sphere, a shining ball of head, a glistening orb. A bug hovered directly on top of his noggin, floated down and landed so gently it was a total lunar landing. That bug landed so perfectly, so lightly, the man did not even flinch. I half expected the bug to plunge a flag into that bald landscape and declare propriety.
And while I’m not a huge fan of insects, of bugs, I do see how they can be pretty cool with their myriad of legs, of wings. I just like looking at them from afar, am not a huge fan of hearing one during the night – to be woken up by those wings, that sound, that imminent worry of, “Is that thing going to land on me?”
A friend recently told me she’d woken up to a stink bug crawling across her pillow; my daughter shared the same experience. Just the sound of a stink bug’s wings emanates the same terror as 45’s voice; I wonder, where is it going to land and how can I squash it?
Some bugs can be entertaining, mysterious, utilitarian, beautiful. A ladybug is pretty incredible, those wings both stunning and compact.
Alas, while the bugs are back, I’ll muse joyfully from afar – much as I do fires and people these days. But if you see a bug land on a bald guy’s head, enjoy the show. It’s priceless.
Susan Dromey Heeter is a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards.
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