Hello to you. It’s Monday again and not sure where the day is going to lead us besides getting the laundry run at the moment. Exciting stuff. I’m just grateful we have all it takes to be able to do our laundry at home. I can remember when I had to sit at a laundromat for hours doing laundry! It’s the little things in life that are so easy to take for granted.
The title of my note to you today is because mother nature is doing her spring thing…..looottttsss of pollen. I am trying to think of it in a positive way though. It’s like billions of little particles of new life are being sent out to the great unknown, little tiny ships of life. Many species, to include us humans, have an “internal system” for reproduction of ourselves. Nature hides very little and knows no shame! Can you imagine how many different species of life are in just one gust of wind? Sometimes when I’m drawing outside, little tiny insects, no bigger than the head of a stick pin will land on my paper! So it’s not just plant pollen that is blowing around out there. In each gust of wind there are also little insects and microscopic life like you might find by looking at a drop of water under a microscope! The past couple of days I’ve noticed that “crawling” feeling a lot more than normal and have even seen tiny insects moving on my arm before. As I often say, everything is energy….everything is alive!
Yesterday, while I was drawing a huge wasp came and landed on my arm and I was so honored by their presence! It wasn’t always that way! Me from a few years ago probably would have started screaming or tried to swat it off my arm. What happened is I started to try to understand wasps and other insects I was afraid of and found out just how incredibly important they are! These amazing beings are a big reason the trees in my backyard are doing so well right now! There are several species of wasps that are what I consider to be “tree doctors.” Some of their food, I suspect, are the little tiny bugs I’ve been feeling crawling around! When Yolie, our oak tree in the front is doing well, it’s usually because there are thousands of mud daubers (black wasps) taking care of her.
If you have ever watched the Tinker Bell animated series, which transports me to my WAY younger self when I watch it, you know that each season has fairies that takes care of the flowers, plants, trees, animals and insects. In reality, when I pay attention to the beings in my backyard, it’s kind of like Tink’s world only in the shape of insects! Each being of nature seems to have a job to do! I think if we were to try to understand and work with nature more, may be we would help ourselves too.
With it being spring, lately on walks, I’ve been smelling a lot of insecticides and sprays my neighbors are using to try and control insects and stuff at their homes. I usually don’t feel very well after smelling them! I worry about our dogs encountering interacting with the poisons. Their sense of smell is much higher and the chemicals can get on their paws and get absorbed into their blood stream. We already have them on a flea and tick internal medicine (I don’t like doing this btw), so we don’t want to expose them to even more stuff.
It’s safe to say that chances are if I’m bothered by the stuff people spray on their yards, the other beings I share the neighborhood with like dogs, cats, birds, insects and probably humans with respiratory conditions are too. When we have to a problem with ants, for example, we use demetrius earth or we try to use things that are as low toxic as possible like white vinegar mixed with dish soap, peppermint oil and other mixes I come up. If you look online, there are a multitude of natural recipes you can try for yourself. When we were using Terminix, they even had a low toxic recipe for insect repellent. Don’t know if they still do. The bottom line with this is I know that whatever I do to “them” I am ultimately doing to my husband, my dogs, my “neighbors” (neighbors meaning not just humans) and myself.
http://www.thebugsquad.com/ants/getting-rid-of-ants-fast/ – this is a page I found when I was doing some research for our own problem with ants. Ants are so important to the health of soil. I’ve noticed that when there is a lot of activity like mowing and stuff like that, which would cause the collapse of the walls of their colonies, they start to take steps to relocate. I try to avoid the ant nests I find in our yard as much as possible. I figure it’s better they are in the middle of the yard than trying to get in my house! Have you ever noticed how healthy the soil is when an ant colony builds a nest? They are like billions of gardeners to me. Fire ants are a big issue here where we live. You can’t really kill them, you can really only move them around. So if you spray your yard, all your doing is moving the ants next door until the poison wears off. At least that’s what I’ve observed! I look at it like this. If you were living in your house and all the sudden someone sprayed you with poison, what would you do? You would move until it was safe to go back right? Ants (most other life forms on this planet) aren’t much different that us in this regard. Living in a world of “instant fixes,” sometimes it is easy to forget our place in creation and just react versus stopping to think about what we are doing first. We have a lot more in common with ants than we would like to think!
A phrase that comes to my mind often when I start thinking about my place in nature comes from the Bible. This isn’t exactly how it is written, but it is how I think of it remember it: “Whatsoever you did to the least of these, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:31-46 New International Version (NIV). Whatever we do to even a little tiny insect, we are ultimately doing to the God of my understanding that is the creator of all existence. The wasps, the ants, those tiny little insects come from cemeteries as much as a farmers field. In those tiny little fragments of energy are lives that have come before. Kyle and I have spread all four of our pets ashes in our yard. From those ashes, with the rain and all the other elements of nature is evidence of our pets eternal life! So when a wasp lands on my arm like it did yesterday, so gently like a touch…..it’s like a visit from Sam, Blondie, Amber and May.
It’s all about perspective isn’t it? We can choose to look at things in so many ways. I am working each day to look at things in a more loving way. It’s not always easy and I often fail, but I won’t stop trying to be better. God doesn’t give up on me, so I can’t either!
Anyhew….there is a bunch of stuff on You Tube for the Tinker Bell movies. I’m sharing this one as the quality was good so you can get a gist of the film. We have a couple of them here at the house. They bring me a lot of joy to watch and help keep the little one yet inside of me alive. Like My Little Pony often is for me….an adult life preserver!