I recently read an article that suggested that insects are going to be the "six legged meat of the future." It actually made a lot of sense; insects are nutritious, high in protein, and far more biologically sustainable (for example, they eat less food, drink less water, use less land, and produce less waste, than birds or mammals).
And the really good news? It's not as much of a change as we might think; we're eating insects already! In fact, the average person consumes about a pound of insects per year. That's because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows certain amounts of insects to be mixed in with our foods. Take chocolate, for instance: the FDA limit is 60 insect fragments per 100 grams. Or how about peanut butter? It can have up to 30 insect parts per 100 grams. And then there is fruit juice, which can have five fruit-fly eggs and one or two larvae per 250 milliliters (just over a cup). Mmmm good!
Jesus said that unless we become like little children, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In thinking more about that, I find a lot of insight in the words of Thomas Moore:
"To embrace the child may threaten the adult who values information above wonder, entertainment above play, and intelligence above ignorance...The child is not honored if we always expect him to grow up." --Thomas Moore, The Care of the Soul
There are no two ways about it: building projects are a lot of stress. That's why I'm so glad to be a part of a congregation that knows how to have fun with it as well.
This past weekend we engaged in some of the planned demolition work ourselves. Kids of all ages (meaning well into their 80s) wrote on some walls, destroyed others, and drew on the floor. Some messages were cute, other funny, and still others very touching. The one above is my favorite.
Below is my nomination for most creative wall destroyer. One of our ladies was using her heels to kick holes in the wall. This one was a tough call, however. The young man who was head-butting the sheet rock was a close second. We were really glad he didn't hit a stud.
Finally, here is my nomination for most initiative in demolition. It was not enough just to poke holes in the sheet rock. Oh no; this person managed to put a hammer through metal duct work. You gotta love that kind of commitment to a project.
For those of you who may be interested, here's a link to the newsclip of last week's wedding that was shown on NBC's local New York City affiliate (channel 4). The reporter is Ann Mercogliano. I sent her a Facebook message to see if they had a higher quality video, but alas, I never heard back from her (she probably thinks I am a creepy Facebook stalker...). This one comes via my good friend and fishing buddy Dan Davenport, who also happens to be the father of the groom. The Davenport wedding is featured in the first half.
While I love the idea of a weather forecasting groundhog, the fact that Punxsutawney Phil is a mammal troubles me just a bit. First of all, mammals--at least the two-legged type--are notoriously bad weather forecasters. But second and perhaps more important, since mammals are warm blooded it doesn't seem like they are in the best position to gauge whether temperatures are rising (early spring), remaining constant, or falling (longer winter).
So I propose using an amphibian to prognosticate. We all know that amphibians are particularly sensitive to the environment, so I think a frog would do nicely in this role.
And the best part of all? I got home from work early enough to spend a couple hours outside yesterday. And lo and behold I saw Friend Frog sitting in our little pond, enjoying the sun as much as I was.
So whether you take the traditionalist route and go with Punxsutawney Phil, or follow me down the brave new path of Friend Frog, the predictions bring us to the same place: an early spring. I, for one, am ready for it!