I have to indulge myself, just for a moment…
Although this has absolutely nothing to do with my reading habit and subsequent blogs, I had a “mom” moment yesterday that I just had to share.
Yesterday, my daughters and I were in the park with our doggies. It was a lovely day and as the kids played in the playground, I laid under a big tree in the grass… holding the dogs’ leashes as they rested with me. As I lay there, I saw a fly amounst the grass blades. It was very large and I wondered if it was dead; “probably so,” I thought. Moments later, my daughter Cole walked up to me and I asked her what she thought of the insect. For those of us who know Colie well, you know that, at times, she has such a dry, witty, and intellegent sense of humor at the oddest times. Simply, Cole told me that the fly was dead and I agreed.
Cole sat down beside me and began to pet Claire, our basset hound. She said to me, “Mom, did you know that the fly only has a lifespan of 3 days?” I lifted my head and said, “really?” From across the sandbox, her rather bossy and “know-it-all” twin shouted, “NOOO! It lives for 10 days!” From there, as my family and friends can attest and have witnessed on multiple occasions, the banter began: “3”, “No, 10”, “It’s 3, really!”, “Cole, it is not 3 days, for sure it’s 10!”, and so on and so forth. After 5 minutes of the constant bickering, I tell them, as usual, to “knock it off!” Cole settles back down into the grass.
“What do you think the fly does in the 3 days that it is alive?”
“I don’t know, Cole.”
“I bet that on Day One, she learns how to fly, yada, yada, yada. Then, the next day, she falls in love with her mate and gets married. On her last day, she has babies and then she dies,” explained Cole.
(In the background, Bossy Boots in yelling, “No, Cole, that’s not what happens” and starts her rendition of the fly’s life of which I chose to ignore.
“So, Cole…. that’s it, she learns to fly, get’s hooked up, gives birth and then dies?” I chuckled.
“Yeah, that’s what I bet she does.”
“Cole, the poor girl… all that just to croak?”
Colie starts laughing as do I.
So, if you had three days to live, what would you do in those three days? That’s a hard question for me to answer. But, I guess she’s right, in a wierd way. I would learn to walk, think and soar. Then, I would fall in love and most likely have babies. Perhaps she was right, afterall! But, the “yada, yada, yada” was freakin’ classic!
So, I went out with my girlfriend Danielle last night for drinks. I tell her Colie’s story. She tells me, well, Nicole may actually be right… you better do your research on it first because they do live an abnormally short life. For those who are curious on whether Cole or Bossy Boots was right:
The House Fly – Life Cycle
These are the four distinct stages in an average house fly’s life:
The House Fly – A Day in the Life
You will find house flies pretty much everywhere there are humans or animals. Flies love things like garbage, manure and anything else that left out in a warm environment (like the chicken you left thawing on your counter all day). House flies don’t feed off of human flesh – they get their nutrients from spitting saliva on their food, which liquifies it so they can suck it up with their sponge-like mouths.
The House Fly – Did U Know?
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Good grief… what a Giant Tortoise must see in her lifetime….. enough for several husbands and many grandkids! Can’t wait to hear what Colie thinks of how she’ll spend her life! Come to think of it, those turtles live a long time! I wonder if there is something to be said about living life in a slower pace. Just look at the hummingbird… burns out after only 8 years.
Anyway, kids do say the darndest things!