This is how the story ends.
“Queen,” the loyal subjects cried, “enough is enough.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the Queen feigned as she grabbed the book she was reading even tighter in her hands hoping they would see she was busy and therefore not to be disturbed.
“Queen,” said the eldest of the subjects, this time with greater emphasis so as to get her attention. “We know how you like to give human characteristics to non-human objects.”
“Anthropomorphism,” offered the Queen, always read to expand her subject’s vocabulary.
“Yes, anthropomorphism.” The subjects sighed, well aware of the Queen’s love of words. “We remember how you would take the rocks we, as children, would bring home in our pockets to the castle and toss them outside at the end of the day. You’d tell us that they wanted to live with all their brothers and sisters rocks in the yard who were desperately waiting for them to come home.”
Such silliness, they all agreed.
“Yes…” said the Queen, wondering and yet knowing in her heart where this was all leading.
“We have a right to use the bathroom without having to share it with another species.” The subjects resolutely looked at the Queen, the littlest folding her arms in an effort to punctuate the demand.
The Queen looked at her subjects, a frown creased her brow. But don’t the spiders, she thought as she bit her lower lip, have that very same right?
The Queen, however was a fair and just ruler of her charges and so she decided that perhaps, enough was just that – enough. She gathered cups and lids and set about capturing all of the spiders in the bathroom to set them free outdoors.
“Say hello,” she whispered to them as they scurried away, “to my little friends, the rocks in the yard.”
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com)