i am sure i startled neighbors in siesta ; only one sticks his head out the window : " are you alright ?"
no . a very robust , easily four inch long grasshopper was apparently riding around in the car with me and jumps up as the car comes to a halt . springing into the back seat , he clings to the upholstery - considering me .
the tiny green hopper of last spring who hitched a ride inside from the rosebushes via my hair , was just a baby .
i nudge with the longest object handy - nudge, did not maim. instead it flies towards me
( dear g_d ) and then veers ( man , they fly fast and high) up into the sky to seek shelter in the tallest palm tree . as my screams die down and the neighbor has a good laugh ( no doubt ), i send up thanks. this was the best possible scenario as removing a giant smooshed grasshopper is something i did not want to contemplate. maybe somehow worse , definitely worse for the hopper . already considered how i would not be able to drive anywhere else , ever . i mean, are there more passengers? maybe the rest of the family ? i don't worry about clowns lurking in my car , obviously by their nature they are pretty easy to spot .
. . . this probably seems a very silly thing to write about, to the reader . a damsel in distress over a bug. comic relief ? so much more to be fearful of , like the upcoming presidential election , the tpp , oil pipelines destroying our precious water .
this is reason # 9 why i love rainy days , you almost never see a grasshopper in the rain .