Itâ€™s hard to believe that September is almost over already. Â Well, actually, it isnâ€™t that hard to believe, but it still feels like school has barely started. Â We are almost halfway through the semester, at the part where academic obligations accumulate and motivation disappears. Â I, for one, am as unmotivated as ever, which is no surprise. Â If youâ€™re reading this looking for some profound revelation about getting yourself back in gear and powering through schoolwork, then stop, because I really have nothing to say on that. Â What Iâ€™m getting at is that I think bugs are cute.
Well, sometimes. Â Now, I can understand why other people wouldnâ€™t find them cute, since theyâ€™re kind of small, you donâ€™t know where theyâ€™ve been and they can get into things that you donâ€™t want them touching. Â Maybe a fly landed on your sandwich when you were a child and youâ€™ve held a grudge ever since. Â Itâ€™s okay; I understand. Â A lot of people just donâ€™t like them simply because theyâ€™re annoying. Â Yeah, they are, but children are also annoying, and you donâ€™t really see people spraying poison to get rid of them (well, I certainly hope you donâ€™t).
Some bugs are nuisances, sure, like mosquitoes, ants and termites, but they all serve some sort of ecological purpose. Â Except fleas. Â I hate fleas, and I donâ€™t care what purpose they serve because theyâ€™re horrible and hard to smash. Â Fleas are pure evil wrapped in a crunchy exoskeleton. Â Fleas are not cute. Â At least mosquitoes have the courtesy to be easy to kill. Â If you want to smash a flea, youâ€™ve got to catch the little freak between your fingers and break its little body apart with your fingernails. Â How annoying!
Okay, okay, you want me to get to the point, but the point is that I have no point. Â I know that a lot of people will think Iâ€™m crazy for this, but I think spiders are really cute and awesome. Â They eat all of the more annoying bugs, and theyâ€™re generally pretty happy to just leave people alone. Â The females also eat their mates, which is pretty hard-core, in my opinion. Â On the other hand, a lot of spiders are poisonous and seem to enjoy hiding in unexpected places like couch cushions, where they can easily jump out and surprise you when youâ€™re just trying to read a book. Â Thatâ€™s pretty rude of them. Â Maybe if spiders had better manners, then people wouldnâ€™t hate them so much.
Arthropods in general have very bad manners, actually. Â They never knock when entering your room, nor even introduce themselves. Â Also, Iâ€™m pretty sure that touching someone elseâ€™s food without their permission isnâ€™t looked kindly upon in society. Â Arthropods need to really work on their manners, I guess.
Lauren Schroeter is a junior majoring in geology and religion.