Some days it's harder than others to adhere to Buddhist principles. I feel that every living creature has value. But when you chase a carpenter ant around your closet for ten minutes, finally catch it and then it just keeps running up and down the inside of the window screen panicking instead of tightly holding onto its towel and calmly going out of the open window you've so nicely provided for it…..
Well…. patient acceptance can wobble a little bit.
As it can when you catch a wolf spider, carefully toss it out your front door and before you've gone two steps it squeezes back inside under the crack, runs across the room, and promptly hides behind your refrigerator.
Both these things happened on Saturday within minutes of each other. Apparently Saturday was Come on inside and live in Karen's house day and I didn't get the memo.
I'm reporting a 50/50 freedom result here. The ant eventually made it to the great out of doors to frolic with others of its ilk. The last time I saw the spider it was inside a vacuum cleaner bag with a lot of dust bunnies, so I'm hoping he doesn't have allergies.
Just so you don't think I'm heartless, I'll confide that I did rip a hole in the vac bag when I threw it out. I also put a bigger weather strip under my front door. The second part was just in case Mr. Wolf Spider thought he'd come wandering back in after he's crawled around in all the rotten banana peels in the dumpster.
The damn things NEVER wipe their feet. And I hate when I wake up to sticky footprints everywhere.