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Monday, April 30, 2007

I'm a Wimp

Three pieces of evidence that I'm a super wimp (or my writer's imagination needs to be reined in):

Don't be surprised if I announce next week that I've become a vegetarian. I love meat - the dishes, the flavor, and the undeniable protein that it gives you. But, if I think about where it comes from for even a second, my appetite is ruined.

Yesterday, my son got a little lizard as a pet, and he's feeding it beetles. All I can think about is how painful it is for the beetle to be eaten, and how my son's friend caught the lizard in his yard for my son, and how the lizard probably had a family who is missing him and whom he's missing.

Then, I took my son's friend home and we saw a groundhog slipping into a hole in his neighbor's yard. He said that the owner offered to pay him to shoot the groundhogs since their horses are stepping in the holes. So, I started thinking about the groundhog families under the ground and how that will be a nightmare for them as their loved ones are shot for peaking their heads above ground.

Is this not all ridiculous? Do you ever waste your time empathizing with creatures smaller than your pinky finger?

19 Comments:

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger Honey said…

    I can honestly say I don't feel sorry for bugs being eaten. I must be a heartless witch. I've actually cheered my kittens for attacking palmetto bugs several times in the last week... but that's probably not what you wanted to hear. LOL

    You're not a wimp - you just have a big heart, and that's nothing to be ashamed of. :) We love you for who you are, big heart and all. ;)

     
  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Tempest Knight said…

    Nah, you're not a wimp. You're just sensible to our little animals, who are our victims. I'll be sorry for the groundhogs. Now, roaches... KILL those suckers!

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger KimAmburn said…

    I'm the same way, you aren't alone. My son just got a bug vacumn and habitat but I won't let him keep the bugs - not because I'm worried they'll get loose, but because I don't want them separated from their family.

     
  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Shannon said…

    I'll agree that you have a big heart. If you go the vegetarian route, don't think about the plant and it's family. =P

    I think you need to watch The Lion King again, and listen to The Circle of Life. =)

     
  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Honey! Cheering the kitties on, eh? If palmetto bugs are like roaches, as Tempest said - kill those suckers! (Though I'd still feel bad). I do get rid of ants if we get them in the house, but I feel quilty the whole time I'm wiping them out. LOL. I usually leave spiders alone.

    Kim, I've totally made him set bugs free before for that same reason. LOL. It must be all those movies like Watership Down and Ants and Bambi - puts us in the little creatures' minds. :)

     
  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Shannon. I should watch Lion King again. Please don't tell me that plants have feelings though! :)

     
  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Lucy said…

    I read a lot of your posts and think we respond to things the same way.

    As for the bug thing...it depends on the bug. I'm not a fan of the tree roaches we get occasionally and I don't discourage the dogs from, how shall we say, "playing" with them til they die. Okay, KILLING them. But, even though a spider lunged at me (no doubt trying to overtake me and kill me) recently, causing me to scream so loud someone from the other side of the building (did I mention this was at work?) heard me, I wouldn't let anyone kill it.

    And please talk your son's friend out of killing the groundhogs. I'm going to worry about the horses too but there has to be a better solution!

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Lucy. We do think alike. :)

     
  • At 3:51 AM, Blogger endresm said…

    I think you better get back to writing!:-)

     
  • At 5:22 AM, Blogger Marly Mathews said…

    Sounds as if you need to watch Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit! LOL :)

    ~Marly

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Dad! I wondered what you'd make of this post if you read it - I definitely did NOT inherit my squeamishness from you. :) You're right - I need to channel my imagination into my stories.

    Marly, I've never seen The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I guess I'd better check it out. LOL.

     
  • At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Viv said…

    We have had a groundhog in the past, and I can safely say that I didn't once think about his little family when I almost broke my leg because of the holes he left in my (once pretty) yard. I also don't feel sorry for a mosquito when I smack him into oblivion. Some might say I get a sadistic sort of thrill out of it. :) As for bigger bugs, my general rule is "if it stays outside, it can live." But if it ever crosses the threshold into my domain. Well... muhuwahaha

     
  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Viv! You're ruthless! Ha ha. :)

     
  • At 6:30 PM, Blogger Lillian Feisty said…

    I'm with you. I can't even step on a spider. And I was a vegetarian for ten years cause I felt sorry for animals.

     
  • At 3:17 AM, Blogger Marly Mathews said…

    Viv, you sound like me. :)

    Ellen, you definitely need to watch Cure of the Were Rabbit. LOL

    ~Marly

     
  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Aww...Lillian...a softie after my own heart. :)

    Marly, I hear a *muwhahaha* in your comment. LOL.

     
  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger Aura said…

    I'm with you Ellen. I feel so sorry for the little animals. Roaches and palmetto bugs (the difference is that palmetto bugs FLY!)- forget it. They're dead. Spiders I usually put outside. Ants- dead. But if it's a cute, fuzzy little animal... sigh. I'm pathetic.

     
  • At 4:39 AM, Blogger Marly Mathews said…

    You have a good ear, Ellen! LOL

    ~Marly

     
  • At 7:50 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    LOL, Marly. I thought so. ;)

    A, palmetto bugs must live in the south. One good thing about the cold weather, I think it kills off a lot of those yucky bugs. We do get lots of spiders and ants though!

     

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