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tree frog

A tiny lichen-camouflaged tree frog landed on my driver's-side window, while I was driving home yesterday.  This was not expected, as I was in the middle lane of the freeway, and not near any trees.  My best guess is that he had leapt from one of the boats or RVs that were sharing the goin'-back-south Sunday traffic jam with me.

I wanted to pull over and find him a tree, or roll down my window and somehow coerce him to climb around to the window's interior where it was safer.  But by the time I'd made it to the right lane, we were on a stretch of road with few exits.

My driving suffered because I was so distracted by him, with his rapidly pulsing throat and tiny round gripping toes.  He was bigger than my thumb, but not by much.  Time did not stand still, but my awareness of space became very tightly focused.

Then the traffic eased and everyone sped up.  The tree frog hunkered down and gamely held on, until the wind became too much.  He managed to latch on again a couple of times, and at one point I had a chance to lower the window a little without endangering him further.  Then he lost his grip completely and was gone.

Sure, he was nothing special, the most common of tree frogs.  And as Z. said, any tree frog that's stupid enough to end up in the middle of the freeway probably should be removed from the gene pool.  But....

I think we sometimes fixate on the small, reachable mercies, when the larger body of cruelty seems beyond our ability to change.  And then we feel a failure on a disproportionate scale. 


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Aug. 20th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
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