Why I Don’t Kill Insects

Photo by Utsav Srestha on Unsplash

My daughter has begged me not to write this story. She says I’ll embarrass myself and readers will think I’m nuts.

But I must do this — if only for the bugs.

If a big fat fly is buzzing around my home, I don’t grab my tennis racket, whack it and sweep up the remains. I wait until the insect lands, kneel beside it and stick out my finger.



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Stephanie Gruner Buckley

Stephanie Gruner Buckley


Writer, editor, parent. Former staffer at Quartz, WSJ and Inc. magazine.