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Writer's Block: Creepy Crawlies

If you had the chance to go crazy and completely overhaul your appearance, what would you do? Or: Recount a remarkable incident involving insects.


Mmm. I try to avoid incidents involving insects. But I do have one childhood memory that qualifies for this prompt. I was between six and nine years old, and living in a tropical country with my family. We had a large coconut tree in the courtyard of the small apartment complex in which we lived. One day I pulled down one of the lower-hanging leaves and started destroying it, as spoiled children are wont to do to plant life. But then I noticed there was something strangely squishy in the middle of my leaf, and came to the horrific realization that I was molesting a caterpillar. I had the vague impression that it might have been in chrysalis, but it's likely that in the chaos of the moment I was wrongly conflating what I'd learned in school with what I felt in my hands.

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