Blending In… On Purpose
After an overnight flight and a long day of driving through the jungle, we’ve arrived at our first destination. So far Costa Rica is pretty amazing. The views are incredible, the air is fresh, the wildlife is unreal… and we’re all a bit grumpy on arrival.
Tired and grumpy, I tried to keep my cool while spending the first few hours explaining to my panicking girls (wife included) that none of the ginormous, strange bugs we were evicting from the house would be back and none of them wanted to eat us. I’m pretty sure I have them convinced, I’m still working on me.
In the process of chasing out horse-flies the size of my thumb, beetles, flying cockroaches, tarantulas and wasps we stumbled across an extremely cool “stick bug”. This thing was about 9 inches long and looked like a twig. There’s no way we would have spotted it except that it had landed on one of the windows making it a bit difficult to blend in.
We ended up moving the “stick bug” to some nearby plant-life. We came back just a few minutes later and he had completely blended in. My youngest was the first to find him. It was like a real-life Where’s Waldo game. Our new terrain has not yet failed to entertain, amuse and, in some cases, horrify us.
As entertaining as he was, our little “stick-bug” friend made me think a little bit about just how easy it is for us to become our surroundings… pretty cool party trick for the bug, but what’s the benefit to us? I’m not sure why we do it… I guess we have our reasons, but the reality is, we do. If we’re not careful, relentlessly purposeful, we’ll wind up blending in and becoming who we spend most of our time with. We will slowly begin to drift along with everyone else.
As for the “stick bug”, at least he blends in on purpose.