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Thousands of Monarch butterflies glide along the dry, hot air. It’s absolutely beautiful, I think. I’ve never seen so many of them at once. It’s funny how I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by those black and orange insects. Here they are, right in my own community. I see them as I drive along the highway and I see them in my front yard. They are enough of a distraction to keep me preoccupied as the Beast silently waits for our impending battle.
It knows that it will be a showdown and that someone must lose. I know that someone will not be me. My attention turns back to its green scales. It is as long as it is heavy but not intimidating enough for me to turn my back. It must be conquered. It will be conquered. I advance first and wrestle for a few moments, feeling it writhe in my hands. Oh, no way! You are not going to cover me in dirt. You are going down, muddy warrior! I’m not strong but I’m a mother, by golly!
Slowly it begins to retreat. Ah ha! You’re losing, you hideous monster! Indeed, it was true. The beast was losing. After several minutes of sweaty battle, I was winning. The thing had no choice but to recoil. Victory! At last the deed was done. The car was washed and the scaly green monster was put back against the side of the house, where it belonged. As if it had a mind of it’s own, I can almost hear audible thoughts as I turn toward the front door. “You may have won this time, but there will be other car washes. There will be other hot days when you’ll need me again. And I will be here waiting.”
“Sure, there will be other hot days and I’m positive I will need you again. But next time I’ll have my husband take you down.” With that, the thing retreated back into the dirt and I went shopping.
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