Ogden Nash once said, “God in His wisdom made the fly and then forgot to tell us why”. I have to agree - I could easily live without bugs. Growing up in the suburbs, I had my share of mosquito bites, bee stings, etc., but never really understood being overcome with bugs until I moved to the country. When I was a kid, bugs came out just before dark, right when you were getting ready to go inside anyway, so they weren’t too much of an annoyance. Where I live now, the bug attacks begin in the early morning hours and continue on for the entire day. By the time dinnertime arrives, they have completely taken over, preventing any kind of gardening or relaxing outside.
Some people enjoy rural living, the fact that they cannot see their next door neighbors, except for when the trees shed their leaves in winter. Others aren’t bothered by the fact that you take your life in your hands trying to walk down the street because of the lack of sidewalks. But now that I live in a country setting, I rather miss the suburban setting – houses twenty feet apart, yards that can be mowed in less than an hour – they are all a thing of the past.
My ideal living situation would be one of being getting up in the morning, walking my kids to a local school (on sidewalks), then moving on to specialty stores where I would buy foods for that evening’s dinner. Bread, produce and meats would be purchased from local shops, where they know what I want and put it aside for me, rather than walking into a supermarket and choosing produce and meats that are not of the greatest quality, but purchasing them because they are the only ones available. Spring and summer evenings would be spent on my rooftop balcony, gazing over the rooftops of the city, wondering what the other rooftop dwellers were eating or drinking, with only the occasional bug flying through to bother me.
For now, my lifestyle must consist gallons of mosquito repellant (with DEET to keep away ticks), making sure the dog is never far from me after dark (coyotes), looking out for turkeys, and staying out of tall grass in spring and summer (SNAKES!!).