Wild, Universal Truths I’ve Recently Learned from Ants

Anthills upon anthills of wisdom

Sarah Paris
Age of Empathy

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A woman expresses shock
I’m shocked, too. Photo by RobinHiggins/Pixabay

Every evening during the cooler summer hours, I go for a brisk walk around my neighborhood. These walks clear my head and help me to soak in the beauty of the towering peaks that surround my town.

Although I’m a weirdly fast walker, and can’t bring myself to simply stroll, my jaunt through winding and hilly streets and sprawling parks is a way for me to wind down. The work and exercise of the day is already behind me, and I need time to think in the silence of twilight.

Alone, I’m able to notice the hawks soaring overhead and the cool, random aspects of nature that subtly make an appearance in suburbia. A sprawling, knotted scrub oak tree waves to me as I pass the elementary school. A small herd of deer lounges in an emerald field.

Just ahead, a pair of 4-year-old twins run and laugh with their mom. When I pass, they giggle and say hi before boasting of their most epic deeds of the day. “Hi! Um, did you know that my brother found a sparkling rock?” They show off their athletic prowess, too. “Hi! I can jump really high! Wanna see?”

I smile and tell them both that they’re special and impressive.

I pass a yard adorned with multiple pieces of driftwood and as I live in the…

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Sarah Paris
Age of Empathy

Author of Signs My Toddler Has a Drinking Problem (humor collection).Freelance writer of all things. Looper features writer. Believer. Adventurer. Semi- funny.