As Good As It Gets — Three Days In The Life Of A Cynic
Once upon a time … for a few days … Life was as good as it gets.
I was living in Zone 3 — I know, I know, the shame … but I’d do it all again in a heartbeat if it meant I got to lead the life we’re supposed to once more — and below are the most significant of my journal updates for that time.
One earwig. Many, many snails.
It’s been so long since I last saw one, I can’t remember what earwigs are for anymore … but it’s fun rescuing them from the sink and setting them free when washing lettuce. 
They were tiny, tiny, tiny snails … not much bigger than a pinhead many of them … it took ages to rescue them all — whilst I did, tiny though they were, when they started to move, I could feel each of them crawling around on my fingers … making me giggle with delight.
 Food comes out of the ground and off trees here, so it comes with free dirt that has to be washed off before you can eat it … and free creatures to rescue too! 
 It’s much more fun than the stuff you get from supermarkets — I think I could get to quite like rescuing things before I eat them by accident.
Once again … today I saved many lives.
Yes, I know they’re only tiny, tiny snails and their lives are only little, but they’re all they’ve got — so, to them, their lives are as big and important as yours or mine are to us.
Today’s animal rescue: a cricket / grasshopper. 
This was a difficult one and I had to chase it all over the apppartment before I was able to catch it under a glass — a lot of times I nearly had it, but then it moved again and I didn’t want to risk injuring it by being hasty, so it was a bit of a trial … but worth it for the sense of having accomplished something worthwhile by saving a life.
 Don’t ask me which — you don’t see them at Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose, or wherever.