It is known that humans get bugs and get sick. It is known that mammals other than humans get bugs and get sick; or bugs transport other bugs to us that make us sick. Birds and fish and reptiles suffer from illness because of bugs, too. But do bugs give bugs bugs? I don’t know enough entomology to know the answer to that question, but I certainly hope so. The bug above perched where he’s shown and didn’t move for almost two weeks – I didn’t detect any movement at all. But as a couple of doctor friends have told me, a treated cold lasts for two weeks and an untreated one for 14 days. So I’ve wondered if he had a bug cold; I confess, I hoped so just because I wanted to spread my own bug-suffering around. But there really isn’t any justification for wishing a misery on someone or something else just because you feel or have felt miserable. It feels good at the time, but doesn’t feel any too good later on if the memory pops up in your brain again.. It does seem to be true – misery loves company. As with so many things, once a negative topic comes up, suddenly it’s what everyone has on their minds. This can’t be healthy in many ways, from physical to mental. The mind is a powerful tool and it seems senseless to me to allow it to be used for negative purposes. Of course, we can’t help being negative occasionally, or we wouldn’t be human. Making an effort to recognize the tendency or occurrence and remedy it should not only make you feel better, but may help others feel better as well. You could even be providing a positive example. If that sounds too good to be true, it probably is; we all have a bit of mean inside. Especially so when we’ve just caught a bug and have been caught up in the ‘bugged’ cycle once again. Fortunately it’s a cycle and we’ll come out whole again on the other side. Don’t you think it would only be justice if bugs got sick from bugs, too?