Bugs: The Upside

Compared with the South, you can almost truthfully say that there are no bugs in the Northwest. In fact, some friends and I were commenting as much last weekend while we were enjoying the sun and water in Key Center, Washington. At the time, I couldn’t think of one reason to lament those missing pests.

However, being home, I remember now two reasons why I lamented the lack of bugs in the Northwest when I first moved there: the almost deafening sound of crickets lulling you to sleep at night and lightening bugs.

Oh, the sound of crickets at night is really beautiful music! When you live here, you stop noticing it after a while. At least you think you do. But as soon as you are without it, you start to wonder why you don’t sleep as peacefully at night. When I arrived home late Wednesday night, I was amazed at how loud it was. So loud, I couldn’t believe it. It felt like a welcome home chorus just for me!

And lightening bugs – don’t EVEN get me started! The light – seeing it – thousands of blinking lights going off in the yard! My parents have two huge sliding glass doors in their living room and it’s beautiful to sit and watch nature’s light show right outside the glass.

I remember as a child being amazed at how approachable – to a fault – lightening bugs are. Being out at dusk, my brother and I catching them in a big glass jar, letting the survivors go the next morning. It didn’t take me long to learn that I’d rather they all come back the next night and so we just let them be, catching them only in the puffed out pockets of our hands, peeking in to see them light up once or twice and then throwing them back out to their mates in the yard.

Yes, Virginia, there is an upside to bugs. :>

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