Beyond the lamp post… a story of a beetle and a burner

IMG_2137Have you ever had an experience when you felt like you were inside a dream but were really awake. I often pass this lamppost when I go out for a walk. It’s in someone’s yard in front. I don’t know if it really lights, since I only pass it in the daytime, but it always makes me think of Narnia and like I am entering a magical world, even if only for a moment.

But this story isn’t about that lamppost, it’s only related because it gives me that same sense of magic.

It’s just a little story.

That happened about 2 weeks ago.

I tried to turn on the front left burner on my stove so I could start cooking dinner. Now, this burner, which is supposed to light automatically, has needed a little extra help to get started for a long time–usually, I just blow on it. There’s nothing wrong with it. I won’t tell you how much I paid to have a repair person come and tell me that.IMG_2160.JPG

But this day, it seemed like the little spark was smaller than usual or was just different somehow. No matter how hard or from what angle I blew on it, it wouldn’t light.

So I took off the grill and then took off the little cap that sits on top.

And, laying on it’s back, with it’s legs waving in the air, was a little beetle. It was wedged in, so I could ‘t reach it with my fingers, so I used a closed scissors to flip it over.

Here he is….The beetle in my stove

I’ve never seen a beetle like that around here. I saw iridescent ones similar to that in Nicaragua.

I lifted it out and put it out on my back porch.

It was still there the next morning, but it was dead.


Poor thing. I don’t think it could have been there for long. It doesn’t seem like a very good place to live– even for a beetle.

But for a few days after that, that burner lit by itself.


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I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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