It’s pretty easy to paint a one-sided picture of yourself, especially in a medium like this. I write when I’m happy, or excited, or occasionally when I’m really, really annoyed by something. It’d be easy to get an impression of me reading this that, while not wrong, isn’t all that close to the truth either.
That makes me a little uncomfortable. I don’t want there to be misconceptions out there. I think it’s important to get the record straight, to have everyone on the same page. So here goes: I’m a homewrecker.
Now, context is important. It could be dismissed if it only happened once: a slip of judgement, an honest mistake. That’s not the case though; I’ve done it many, many times. Once, in fact, this afternoon.
This afternoon I uprooted my peas, and in doing so not only did I free up a good four square feet of soil, but I also destroyed the carefully spun homes of some 10 (and probably more) spiders that I actually kind of liked seeing as I picked over my plants for more pods.
(There was also some scurrying of earwigs when I undid the plant ties, but I hate those fuckers, and I don’t care who knows it. For folks who are from the Prairies or other parts where earwigs apparently don’t exist, allow me to enlighten you. They are creepy, crawly little buggers that I know I should appreciate (they eat other bugs, after all), but frankly just squick me right out. If I never saw an earwig again, I wouldn’t be sorry. Especially with all the articles out there (unsure of their accuracy) stating that earwigs also feast on plants, notably beans.)
Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand: homewrecker. So yes, I completely pulled to pieces the habitat of a whole host of friendly spiders, and left them adrift in the grass between my two veggie beds. This makes me sad, but it was definitely for the greater good. Thanks to this development, my tomato and tomatillo plants are now propped up with semi-decent support (although there is a huge crop of tomatoes a-comin’ and I doubt they’ll hold for long) and whenever I get a chance to turn over the soil a bit, I’ll be able to plant some new veggies.
For now though, I’m just mentally readying myself for the Tomato Invasion. It’s coming.