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Writing Parables – Wasp Ambush

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The newest post from my website. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you'll share your stories below of when your were stung, and how you handled it. 

 

https://alleyhart.com/2020/07/writing-parables-wasp-ambush/

 

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A few days ago, my children were playing outside at a place where it had been a long time since children played. Unknown to us, the toy tractor had a wasp nest on it. Several of the children played on it, and one jumped up and down plus stood on it pretending to give grand speeches. However, when the last one touched it, the whole nest flew out, and he was stung several times. Don’t worry; kiddo is ok. 

 

Sometimes that is what it feels like to get negative things hurled at us. Whether it is a negative review, condemning comments, an unkind word, rumors, or old fashion mud-slinging gossip, it can sting. We frequently find ourselves wondering why we were targeted. We are often in an environment where the attack on us makes no logical sense, just as this wasp attack didn’t make sense in its timing. 

 

Most people when they are hurt, stop everything until the pain goes away. It is human nature to do so. However, it’s not always the best option. When my child was stung, we immediately placed the remedy on the stings. Then we went back out to play. I’m very proud of my child for not sitting down to wallow in the pain that I know was felt. Instead, they got up and refused to let the wasp and the pain it inflicted stop them from what they enjoyed. 

 

Sometimes that’s what we need to do. Take a quick moment to deal with the initial hurt and then get back out there. The more time and energy you let the negativity have, the larger it will become. If you give it that kind of power, it will sneak up on you and overwhelm you. 

 

We cannot give in to the temptation of self-pity. The pity-party pool needs to be filled with concrete. I know, the rubber ducks are displeased, but don’t worry they can always use the birdbath. It’s full of the filth of bird droppings just as the negative comments are often filled with vile lies and vulgarity. 

 

I once had a friend put it to me like this. Let’s say you won $86,400. Now let’s say someone stole $10 from you. Would you throw the other $86,390 away because of the ten dollars? Of course not! Well, we each have 86,400 seconds in a day. Don’t throw away 86,390 seconds of the day into negativity because you had to deal with ten seconds of unkindness and sometimes flat out spite. 

 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you currently going through harsh criticism? What was the hardest thing you have had said about your work so far? Was it fair or unfair? 

 

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2 minutes ago, Alley said:

However, when the last one touched it, the whole nest flew out, and he was stung several times. Don’t worry; kiddo is ok.

Ouch! Wasp stings are the worst! :( I'm glad your kid is OK!

 

And I really enjoyed reading the article! :D 

 

5 minutes ago, Alley said:

Are you currently going through harsh criticism?

I haven't really had harsh criticism in regard to writing. Probably due to the fact that I'm mostly a writer-in-hiding :D 

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4 hours ago, Alley said:

I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you currently going through harsh criticism? What was the hardest thing you have had said about your work so far? Was it fair or unfair?

I was trolled several years ago in a writing contest for writing a Christian story. It hurt at first (and I think I might've cried) but I got over it. :)

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4 hours ago, HK1 said:

Probably due to the fact that I'm mostly a writer-in-hiding :D 

Your work is sooooooooo good! Stop hiding! (I'm giving you the mama look now!) 

 

50 minutes ago, Sarah Daffy said:

was trolled several years ago

Trolled! 😱 

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11 minutes ago, Alley said:

Trolled! 😱 

Yep. It wasn't actually by a judge, it was in the comments of the finalists' page by some random person.

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7 hours ago, Sarah Daffy said:

Yep. It wasn't actually by a judge, it was in the comments of the finalists' page by some random person.

 

Well hey, you made it to the finalists’ page! Well done...

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1 hour ago, suspensewriter said:

I wouldn't worry about it, Sarah, I think you're a fine writer.

 

8 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

Agree with SW.

I third it! 😁

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I was moved by your article, Alley.

 

When my children were young, they played basketball in the back yard. My son mistook the smooth sided white orb cemented between the shrubs as their ball, striking it with his hand (obviously not too hard). It was, in fact a wasp nest equal in size.

 

A few emerged, sounding the alarm for backup. The inhabitants fled after I blasted it liberally with the garden hose, and no one was stung. I suppose they thought the deluge was a natural phenomenon.  Later, it fell to the ground, the paper layers collapsed within themselves. 

 

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7 hours ago, Connie Eberhardt said:

. It was, in fact a huge wasp nest.

😱 You know the funny thing is, I have a phobia of flying things with stingers. 😳😱😳 

 

Yet we have them everywhere! 😄 Though, I've never seen a hive that could be mistaken as a ball. Which is likely a good thing, or I might have had a heart attack. 😄

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Great article, Alley!  You have a way with words, and with parables. I once blew on a bubble bee. It looked funny flying into the wind. Then, zap! It bit my lip. Lesson learned. 

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I grew up with a family that would catch them like fireflies and never got stung. I was not that brave!! 😱 

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Alley, I thought everyone had a phobia of flying things with stingers, apart from your family members, of course. 🙃

 

I had never seen such a huge wasp nest either, nor do I ever want to! Maybe I destroyed a Guinness World record breaker!

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9 hours ago, Connie Eberhardt said:

I thought everyone had a phobia of flying things with stingers,

😄 Not here. Everyone thinks I'm weird. They are likely right. 😄 I'm ok with that. 😜 

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I have noticed that if you leave them alone, they tend to leave you alone. That would, of course, include not swatting their nest like a ball or trying to kill them.

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I feel frustrated it won't permit me to delete this comment, which I have now included in my post.

 

"One more thing, this wasp condo was white, and had smooth sides, unlike the images I just viewed on Google."

 

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1 minute ago, Connie Eberhardt said:

I feel frustrated it won't permit me to delete the above comment, which I have now included in my post.

 

🤨 Which one? 

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37 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

I have noticed that if you leave them alone, they tend to leave you alone.

The red one's down here, don't care. They will sting anything that moves. 😳😱 

 

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Posted (edited)

The wasps up here in Canada are malicious, I am surprised no one was stung. This Mama bear needed to put on a brave front and protect her cubs.

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I stepped barefoot on a dead wasp as a child, and was stung. This made no sense at the time. If one enters my home, I spray it with Windex. It will twist its body onto its back in the throes of death, aiming its stinger upwards.

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