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Bug Lovers Be Happy

I was just lying on the floor, doing some stretches, and I saw a centipede making a beeline for me, one of the pretty ones, all green and ochre and blue. I leapt to my feet, scooped up my yoga mat, and walked away! I let it live.  And I don't feel the least bit disgusted or nervous knowing it is crawling around the house.

Oh, and I flipped over a cockroach today--one that N'djema had played with and then abandoned to die on its back, futilely kicking its legs in the air. It probably still died, but I didn't help it to its death. This is amazing to me because I suffered from a very severe trauma when I was only two years old that left me with a profound disgust of roaches, and I never thought to see the day when the sight of them didn't affect me on a gut level.

I'm getting soft. Very soft. And the old, buried scars must be fading.

And wouldn't you know...I kid you not when I say that just as I was typing that, I felt a creepy crawling skittering over my toes. Don't you know I did a serious jig then. The culprit somehow ended up on my sarong when I kicked it off my foot, and I threw off the cloth of modesty in two seconds flat. A cockroach ran out from the rumpled folds. Ugh. But no, I didn't smash it. Smashing roaches is just plain gross.


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Jun. 25th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I admire your forbearance.

You know my feelings about creepy-crawlies in the house, never mind about my person.

Having said that, I have come over a bit zen-like lately which reminds me that there's a tale to be told but it will have to wait until tomorrow. Have used up my screen-time (well, almost) for today :D
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know why, but I feel guilty about killing them these days. Except mosquitos. I will never have a twinge over that.

*waits for the tale!* BTW how are the back and shoulders these days? I know you are taking care of yourself by limiting your time. Is it paying off?
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
My general rule is that i don't step on anything I can hear crunching.
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
And it's good to know you are becoming a merciful ruler of your domninion!
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
And did you really mean "merciful" and not "laxist"? :P
Jun. 26th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Nah, if you were laxist and changed your attitude, then you'd be ex-laxist and that's just gross.
Jun. 26th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, the crunchy is gross, but it is their innards that I don't like the look of. I think crunchiness and icky innards prolly go hand in hand though, so good rule. :D
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