Daddy Long Legs:
Photo by Mircea Iancu on
I know daddy long legs (dll) from way back. Used to try to catch it in my cupped hands. And it’s easy to do. Kinda. Except that when you let it go again after it’s done tickling your palms, it always (always (always)) leaves behind a leg or two or three. I don’t know – maybe they’re meant to be detachable. Maybe it’s something to do with remembering and not forgetting. Who knows.
Anyways – my mission (impossible) today was to get dll out of the bathroom without detaching any of his legs.
Cue the plastic beaker and flat cardboard technique. Probably the cupped-hands method of my youth was fatally flawed.
Whop! Pop the cup over the dll. He never moved.
Sleee! Slide the cardboard slowly under the cup. Now he decides to move!
And lift! Pick up dll, cup and cardboard and carry them to the window.
Whoosh! Off he flies into the pale-blue distance of the English morning sky.
I checked the beaker. No legs!
Mission Accomplished! 😀
(And yeah, I know – it’s really a Crane Fly, but “in colloquial speech, crane flies are sometimes known as mosquito hawks or daddy longlegs” (Wikipedia))