Reub's journey

01 March 2010

Ben is getting married and I'm holding a millipede in my hand

Well, that is an odd title for a post, but there is a little logic to it. We are cleaning out our room because it is going to get a new carpet, because we are going to have house guests, because our oldest son is getting married in 3 weeks.

There was quite a build-up of stuff in our room because I (this is a bad habit) collect things. A plastic bag containing a sewing project had lain ignored for several months. Sadly, a millipede was attracted to it, got trapped in it and died in it--causing me to jump an inch or two when I discovered it. The millipede flew into the air and landed on this drawing of mine, which (inexplicably) was also under the bed.

Weird! But I thought it was interesting, so I shuffled it off onto the drawing beneath.

Creepy. But at this point I realized the millipede was truly dead, poor guy.

Look at all of those tiny feet, all gazillion of them.

I took him gently in my hand and put him outside. Would I ever have held a millipede in my hand if Ben weren't getting married? I don't know, but I feel like I should maybe thank Ben.


  1. Well, divine or not so divine intervention gives us many experiences we would otherwise ignore.

    I like your second drawing even though I'm not really sure what it is. I'm very drawn to it though.

    Congratulations on your son's pending wedding and I hope you enjoy all of your house guests and that new carpet.

  2. I like the photo of the millipede on the hand drawing.

  3. Alas poor millipede, you have ended your existence on an existential note.

    A millipede in the hand is worth---well, I'm not sure what.

    But congratulations to your son on his pending wedding.

  4. Your sketches are most impressive! Hands are so hard to draw...

    I love the title of this post! Couldn't you use a gazillion appendages to get ready for the wedding?


  5. I would never, not EVER, have been brave enough to hold that thing in my hand - dead or alive.

    You are MIGHTY.

    Also wanted to say: congratulations on the upcoming wedding! I love weddings - they are occasions that fill me with hope.

    And, thanks for your thoughts on my post about Afghanistan. Wow. It is so complicated. Thank you!

  6. Yes, weird but interesting...and the first shot on the hand is really quite nice...


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