September 20, 2009

Of ants and trust

"I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do."
--Henry David Thoreau

We had ants in the van this week. Normally we go out of our way to be kind to all living things, even bugs. We happily coexist with spiders and beetles in the garage. On occasion they get into the house, but we try to shoo them back out. We haven't always been like this, but it's come on gradually. Perhaps it has to do with being vegetarian. The one exception to this is ants. Ants don't get to live in our house and really they aren't welcome anywhere on the property. Over the years we tried everything to get rid of them and nothing worked. We finally found something that works, but it's no where near green or kid-friendly. That's how much we hate ants.

It's been raining for a couple of weeks now (with another week of rain in the forecast) and I guess they are getting flooded out of their homes and looking for somewhere dry. That's one reason they swarmed to the van. The other is that I have three kids and they eat in the van. It must have seemed like a vacation resort, so they moved in by the millions. So on Friday, I loaded up the girls and we went to get the van cleaned. I'm too embarrassed to post photos, but it took them two hours to clean the carpets and seats. Yuck! Most of the ants are gone, but I have squished about 100 of them since then.

After the van was clean, I had to reinstall the car seats and the girls were goofing around with the guy and gal that did the work. I'm putting in Dimples' seat and I hear Funny Girl say she has to get out and give the guy a hug. He was behind me, so I have no idea what gave her this idea. My first thought was, "Umm, no." but then I think "Why not?" I'm standing right here. This is the perfect chance for me to do two things. I can trust the world and I can trust my daughter.

He picked her up and she gave him a hug. Then while I finished installing the seat, Funny Girl talked on and on about this and that. He told her he didn't speak any English and asked if she knew any Spanish. She just kept right on talking as if it didn't matter. (Though we don't speak any Spanish, it's easy enough to understand a little which is how I knew what he was saying to her.) Then she said she had to go and hopped into the car for me to buckle her up. It was a good experience all the way around.


  1. Aargh, ants! We had them badly at our house in the states. We found some stakes that kept our home ant-free. We can deal with anything but ants, houseflies and mosquitoes. Any other insect gets put outdoors. Alive.

    People think I'm odd, but I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who would rather not kill a creepy-crawly, simply because it happens to be in my home.

    Food, cars... It happens.

    And the hugs? That's sweet. :)

  2. I don't mind the flies as much as I used to. They do get on my nerves though when they buzz my head while I'm reading. What's up with that? I figure having kids and open doors during the summer is just something I have to learn to accept. Luckily we haven't had issues with mosquitoes. I think they'd have to be killed too.