Today I saw a small Indian Meal Moth type insect flying around me at my desk. I decided to let him be since he seemed pretty happy. A little later I came back to my room and grabbed my glass of water and noticed him floating in there motionless. I was saddened to see his innocent demise. I poured the water out in the bathroom sink and noticed the moth caught on the side of the sink while the water drained away. I stared at his still figure closely as he was pressed against the side of the sink perfectly preserved so that I could see his wing span and design as if he was pinned to an insect display board. It looked like the way the moth is over Jodie Fosters mouth on the Silence of the Lambs poster. I admired it in a way and decided to leave his dead body be and walk away. Much later that night I went to shower and as I laid my clothing down on the counter I saw the moth walking up the sink. He was alive! I was shocked and in awe of his struggle to climb higher and higher out of the sink. I decided to give him some assistance and grabbed a tissue and put it under him and he hopped onto it. As I brought him out to the railing to place him there he jumped off onto my hand and sat there almost in gratitude. Soon after he hopped off again. I realized this moth had been given a second chance and in that moment related to that moth.
Let them come who wish to come, And let them go who wish to go, And do not harm to me or mine. -Ancient Icelandic Invitation Formula for the Elven Folk
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