Saw him up ahead.
Squirming and jerking across the sidewalk.
No. No eye contact.
Continue with deliberation.
Don’t slow down.
Just room to wiggle by.
Molly was bound to lunge with wolfish smile? (Shorten the leash.)
He didn’t look strong enough to withstand eager-to-play dog paws or playful nips.
Passing quickly, yet unable to stop a small glance.
He was already headed for trouble.
Pavement heartlessly releasing several days of scorching heat.
Probably crawled out enticed by the early morning coolness of the sprinklers on the lawn.
Lured out of safe shadows.
It always happened.
A welcomed cooling shower.
But they always misjudge and always stay too long.
Out of hope?
Due to limited mental capacity? (Is that the phrase now? “Stupid” or “dimwitted” are unkind.)
And the spastic jerking. (Oh, probably poor word choice, but it is accurately descriptive here.)
Arching trying minimize surface areas touching the hot abrasive concrete.
Molly, rushed by: not unsympathetic, but her seagulls were calling from the docks.
A backwards glance.
Darn. It got worse!
There were ants, fire ants.
An attack was in progress.
The main force already surrounding the potential victim.
The swarm would be painful.
One bite hurts.
And many? With no place to run and grab soothing meat tenderizer?
Was there a choice?
Grabbed a leaf and after several swipes managed to convince the confused earthworm to hang on for an airlift out of imminent danger.
Go! Worm! GO!
Dig into the dirt and live another day!
Note to Earthworm Community: Fulfill your role: Aerate the soil to allow roots to spread. Create all those fertile worm castings for plant nutrients. Rejoice in your tunnels as grateful plants whisper thanks. AND STAY OFF THE SIDEWALK!
It’s bad enough with all the acorns making the sidewalk a rolling obstacle course.
Pacing cautiously (seagulls ahead),
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Fire ant bites – UGH! Don’t think they are bad? Check out these photos from Texas A&M research – on of an extreme infection on a hand from bites. All you ever wanted to know about fire ants on this site. Current info. about damage/harm to livestock/ farms/neighborhoods/people caused by fire ants.
They are relentless. Couldn’t abandon any living thing to them.
Oh, if you are interested in organic or sustainable gardening, you must know worms. Click the links under the worm pix.