In Haiti you can’t avoid getting up close and personal with animals…they are everywhere. I don’t have a picture of it, but once a carful of us were returning from a cave adventure and passing by the ocean we came upon two pigs sitting on the beach. A big one and a medium sized one — Mama and Papa — just having a grand time sitting side by side with their toes in the surf! Everyone who saw it just roared!
Everything creepy and crawly seems bigger here. The crickets don’t just chirp, they also fly! The wasps and beetles are super sized! One day we looked behind the couch cushions for something we lost and there was a rhinoceros beetle, just hanging out! And you already know about our spiders…or do you? We knew about tarantulas before we moved, but we didn’t realize that there are other huge spiders here too. We didn’t have the presence of mind to snap a photo at the time, but we can still remember the 6-inch diameter wolf spider that was hanging from the ceiling in the girl’s room (had to be that room!). Sarah Reinhard came to our rescue and with a broom chased it across the walls and out the front door!
Finally, a tarantula came to visit one day too…there it was hanging on the screen door…just waiting to be let in! From inside the house, with the end of a broom we popped it off the screen. When it landed it started heading back towards us again! And do you know how loudly five people can yell at the same time? When we get to Heaven we will be sure to ask God why He made these things!