Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thou Shall Not Kill

I just killed a gnat by accident. And I feel terrible about it.

See, I don't kill anything. Okay, let me take that back, I do kill in some circumstances. Like if it's a black widow by the doorway of our house where it can hurt or even kill my children. THEN I'll kill it. But that's still last case scenario.

I figure I am not a being who can pick who lives nor dies, even if it's an insect. (although I support the death penalty. Hrm. That's something to think about.) Could you imagine being a little bug, going through all that is of life, only to be swacked to death by someone's hand who just felt you were annoying? Hell, if I got killed by the first person who felt I was annoying, I'd be dead many years ago! ~wink~

But really. I don't kill. I catch and release everything. Heh, speaking of, I don't even like to fish with live bait because I don't want to kill the worm or minnow. I killed this gnat though and I'm feeling all kinds of guilt over it. I'm sorry I ended your life little gnat!

And here you all thought I was a tough punk rock girl.

(eden - do you make fairy bread? And if so, do you use "hundreds and thousands?")

21 comments:

Ella said...

OMG this is so funny - I am the *exact* same way. I hate killing anything, especially bugs - I always trap them in something and release them outside. I won't let DH kill the fish he catches at the lake, I make him catch-and-release :)

Julie said...

I remember you telling us before about the fact that you don't kill anything. I think that it is great that you have so much respect for other living things. I'm sorry that you are feeling so much distress over the gnat. I sure it wouldn't want you to beat yourself up about it too much. Try to remember how many other bugs you have saved.

edenland said...

I AM IN STITCHES, LAUGHING SO HARD.

I'm sitting on the couch watching 60 minutes, have torn my calf muscle, Rocco gave me a vomiting bug .... worst day, right. Catching up on blogs, and here you are raving on about a gnat. And I'm all, what the fuck is a gnat? And I decided that should be my comment .... just, WHAT THE FUCK IS A GNAT.

Not to mention the fact that I'm all, fuck man, I kill EVERYTHING.

... Then I get to the end. It was like you were sitting right next to me .. "So Eden, what is fairy bread."

HILARIOUS!!!! Thank you for giving me my first laugh all day. And yes, I call them hundreds and thousands. What do you call them???

XOXOXOX

edenland said...

PS Still laughing. I love fairy bread.

Sarah R said...

Wait, what about a mosquito biting you? Do you kill those? I do.

Otherwise, we catch and release all spiders, or sometimes Rob just lets them roam the house. We, thankfully, don't get killer spiders around here.

He has live-trapped from his garden: rabbits, squirrels (seriously, a squirrel in the trap), mice, moles, and voles. Then he releases them down by the water on the other side of town. :)

nancy said...

Eden! Heh. Okay, so your day is 1,000 times worse. BUT ... think about if you were the gnat in my house (teeny flying bug) that just had it's life ended. Now THAT would be worse. ;)

I knew due to the time difference, you'd probably see my comment to you! I was reading parenting magazine and they talk about birthdays in other cultures and mentioned fairy bread. Then said that what we call "sprinkles", you call "hundreds and thousands", which made me laugh cause that sounds like such a big mouthful to say instead of "sprinkles". :)

Sara said...

See, I couldn't be more different! I kill everything. Well, everything that is a bug in my house. Tis the season for spiders around here and I have killed my fair share of them in the past week or so. I hare spiders - big, black spiders.

Now, I won't kill a fly. Flies don't really bother me.

But a gnat?? That is so funny! Funny for me. Not so funny for you.

Now I feel bad for thinking it is funny.

Jen said...

Oh God, this had me fucking laughingn so hard my side hurts.

I don't kill many things at all. Even insects are living things and deserve the right to live. However, last weekend while I was at the lake there had to have been about a GAZILLION gnats in the kitchen of the house and I just couldn't take it anymore. I killed probably hundreds of them. Not to mention the hundreds that died a death of drownding in a shallow bowl of vinager.

If it's a gnat flying in my face, or a mosquito biting my arm, or a fly buzzing in my ear it's a goner. Everything else I leave alone.

Don't feel guilty Nancy~it's a gnat and there are MILLIONS and MILLIONS more of them.

:)

Morgan said...

R.I.P. gnat :) poor thang.

Chuck, Sarah and Emily said...

Haha..I got to the end of your post, and saw your question to Eden, and having just read my parents magazine, thought, she must be reading parents....

JamieD said...

Ah! I am the same way! Sure, I'll kill something like a black widow and I'll swat the shit out of a mosquito but everything else gets tossed outside. In the case of a harmless spider, it is usually while Hubby is standing on the couch screaming, "KILL IT, JAMIE!! JUST KILL IT!!"

Kate said...

death to bugs, i say! i hate creepy crawlies. if i see a spide & N isn't home, i get our cat (fats) & set him in front of the spider to kill it. i figure that way it has a fighting chance, the cat gets some fun out of it & a tasty treat at the end(& i don't have to clean bug guts afterwards!) that's not too crule, right? i mean it's kind of like the cicle of life & all.... right? or at least that's how i justify it.

Kate said...

wow, typo bonanza in that my last comment. sorry about that...

Robin said...

I think the same way you do but every so often if I accidentally kill something I don't usually fret about it too much. I might feel bad for a second or two but then go on.

I did accidentally hit a cat though with my car. That scarred me. I was so upset. Then again, I guess bugs and mammals should be on a totally different scale.

Thanks so much by the way for the great feedback on my IUI situation. I have news and growing follies to post about here in a bit. I totally don't care that you wrote a book. If you're being helpful that's totally alright! (Actually I don't care if you write a long post every time!;)

Steph O. said...

I don't feel remorse for killing mosquitos, if they're biting me. I hate fruit flies & end up killing those too. And I draw the line at poisonous spiders.

Otherwise, I'm a catch & release too. Or I let the cats get the bug. At least it's protien to them.

I wouldn't loose sleep over a bug though.

Miss Tori said...

So, how do you keep from killing any bugs while you are driving? Poor things, just flying along, minding their own business, when this big barreling car comes roaring at them from out of nowhere, and SPLAT!!! The family reunion they were going to will have to go on without them. Sniff.

Hey, we have some deer meat that we're giving away. Would you like some? DH killed it, so you won't have to have it on your conscience. lol

You really don't kill mosquitos?

areyoukiddingme said...

I kill interior trespassers...and mosquitos. And I don't feel bad about it. They can have the whole outside, but stay out of my house!

You're really sweet on the inside, aren't you?

Glennformer said...

I'm a catch and release person myself, usually. Silverfish, for one, are too hard to catch, so they get squashed.

All of us contribute/conspire to to killing things all the time. It's just one of those "out of sight, out of mind" things. If you eat meat or fish, you just have someone else be the executioner for you. Even in the case of spiders, if you let one go, you are condemning to death all the bugs it catches and kills after that.

I think it all comes down to quality of life. Swatting a gnat and killing it cleanly may have been the humane thing to do. Given the choice, as a gnat, would you like to get get killed instantly as opposed to, let's see, 1) being EATEN ALIVE by a spider or some other bug or by a bird or bat, or 2) getting to be an old gnat and dying of some kind of gnat cancer (after a prolonged illness and with no insurance)? I'd go for instant death any day.

The important thing, for me, is that you are not callous or casual about killing other things. Consideration is a good thing. Do like the native Americans and don't let any of what you kill go to waste--eat the gnat (or, at least, feed it to Peter Pan).

Glennformer said...

I'm a catch and release person myself, usually. Silverfish, for one, are too hard to catch, so they get squashed.

All of us contribute/conspire to to killing things all the time. It's just one of those "out of sight, out of mind" things. If you eat meat or fish, you just have someone else be the executioner for you. Even in the case of spiders, if you let one go, you are condemning to death all the bugs it catches and kills after that.

I think it all comes down to quality of life. Swatting a gnat and killing it cleanly may have been the humane thing to do. Given the choice, as a gnat, would you like to get get killed instantly as opposed to, let's see, 1) being EATEN ALIVE by a spider or some other bug or by a bird or bat, or 2) getting to be an old gnat and dying of some kind of gnat cancer (after a prolonged illness and with no insurance)? I'd go for instant death any day.

The important thing, for me, is that you are not callous or casual about killing other things. Consideration is a good thing. Do like the native Americans and don't let any of what you kill go to waste--eat the gnat (or, at least, feed it to Peter Pan).

Kristin said...

I feel no guilt with bugs but I was all eaten up over the squirrel that ran out in front of my car a few weeks ago.

jenn said...

I love that you are a big ball of mushy goodness underneath it all!

I try not to kill anything 7 growing up in the country with a house full of ants, mice, raccoons & squirrels in the attic have made me pretty immune to typical squeamishness & the 'kill it now' instinct. except for spiders & roaches. Those 2 scare the crap out of me & if I see one I either run away & have the hub deal with it (spiders) or squash it to bits before I can think about it (roaches). Luckily we are pretty bug free due to living in a city & having a cat & dog.