Resident Alien

Jerusalem CricketWe found a two-inch Jerusalem cricket—also called “child of the earth” or “earth baby”trudging stolidly at the arroyo-side.

Friend: Oh god, I think it looks like a little alien. Like an extraterrestrial fetus.

Me: I think it looks like a kid in a stripy T-shirt.

Friend: How benign. You’re perverse, but benign.

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