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On March 31, 2009, I was riding my bicycle through the arboretum, one of my all-time favorite places for a bike ride (isn't it so pretty?). The weather was lovely, a perfect spring day, and I was cruising along, steering with one hand and using my cell phone to update Twitter with the other (what? I exercise and Twitter at the same time. It's simple multi-tasking). I was just about to hit send on an update that sang the praises of the day--the gorgeous weather, the delightful ride through the pines, when ACK!
Bug in my eye. Bug in my eye. CUE THE DRAMA! BUG IN MY EYE!
I saw it coming. It’s hard to miss a bug that is about to land IN YOUR EYE. And, ohmygoodness, the sudden stinging. Whatever the bug was--and let me just tell you, it was a tiny, tiny bug, a speck of a bug--it had some powerful stinging action. Stinging! Stinging!
I narrowly avoided crashing my bicycle as I pulled off to the side of the path, where I dropped all my stuff and frantically tried to remove the bug from my eye. I attempted to use my cell phone screen as a mirror, but that turned out to be terribly ineffective. My eye was watering in a big way, which is to say I was basically involuntarily crying on the bike path.
Three sweet high school girls, who were walking along the arboretum path, came to my rescue, offering a compact mirror and encouragement until the bug, which was STILL ALIVE, was cried out of my eye. There it was, on my finger, swimming in a pool of tears. He was just happily doing the backstroke. And he was so tiny! So much drama for such a barely-even-there insect. An insect no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence.
I promptly deleted my unsent Twitter update about the lovely ride and sent off this one instead:
Ack! Bug just flew in my eye on bike ride. 3 sweet girls helped with compact mirror.
And, then, this one:
Note to self: sunglasses on bike ride.
Bike Riding 101: always, always, wear sunglasses.
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