There was a Bug Night-er who felt that now was the time to exercise the better part of valour.
They did not have the best tactical advantage. There was the late start, the uncooperative weather, the sand and algae…
“What do I do?” lamented one of the Bug Night-ers, “There are so many—maybe we should just leave now.”
Veteran Bug Night-ers and White Coats alike grew quiet. They had been in this situation before but no one had vocalized their plight. There had never been complaints. Everyone kept their heads down and worked. Now, they looked up and around and saw that they were vastly outnumbered.
“When I feel overwhelmed, I just take a few less bugs in my petri dish,” offered a veteran Bug Night-er but it fell on deaf ears.
“White Coats aren’t the same as White Hats,” continued the lamenting Bug Night-er, “What good are they in situations like this?”
“This” what? wondered the White Coats. They were concerned about the situation but it wasn’t different from previous years. There would always be more bugs. They were more concerned about group morale (and the dangling definite articles of an individual who seemed to be inciting a Bug Nights mutiny).
“The bugs are dead and not going anywhere,” said the female White Coat, “We have a few weeks left together.”
“I can identify bugs on nights and weekends when Bug Nights is cover,” said the male White Coat, “I find it relaxing.”
Another Bug Night-er offered to identify remaining specimens over the summer. Yet another raised her hand to do the same. A veteran Bug Night-er pointed out that any remaining samples could be mailed to a laboratory where paid people toiled throughout the day on our identifications.
The complaining and lamenting Bug Night-er fell silent; resigned to being out numbered by bugs and contented and ambitious colleagues. The signature companionable chatter of Bug Nights resumed, punctuated with the clicking of forceps and dissecting needles. There would be no mutiny this evening. The bugs in the jars and petri dishes didn’t look so numerous.
Those hordes are no match for the crack Bug Night-ers. We will see you on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM sharp.
Tap on the windows or door to be admitted to the laboratory and join the ranks.
Learn more about Bug Nights at MerrimackRiver.org.