Letters

Refuge for a Mantis

Nov 14, 2018

To the Editor:

Two ladies were ahead of me as we left Kohl’s the other day. When we stepped out on the sidewalk one of them said, “Look, there’s a praying mantis sitting on top of that white trash can!” I also turned my head to look. Sure enough, a brown praying mantis about 7 inches long was sitting there, looking at us while we were looking at him, wondering where he came from. There were no plants or grassy spots in the area, just bricks and concrete.

“Oh,” I said, “we can’t leave him there. Someone is sure to come along and swat him.” The other women agreed. I quickly added, “I’m going to take him home and put him in my garden.” So I opened up my Kohl’s bag and scooped him in on top of my Vera Wang PJs.

As soon as I got back home I carried the bag to my fading vegetable garden and opened it up. My new friend was not traumatized from being kidnapped. He sat for few seconds and then walked slowly toward the scraggly tomato plants. I haven’t seen him since, but he is welcome to eat all the aphids and other annoying bugs he can find, and he can stay as long as he wants. “Mi jardin es tu jardin.”

Jackie Ostberg

North Beach

 

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