Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I can't speak for the rest of the country, but the Washington, DC area is awash in cicadas right now. I actually don't mind; as far as bugs go, I think cicadas are kind of cool.
The funny thing is, though, that the cicadas we are currently seeing came out of the ground four years ahead of schedule. And to the best of my knowledge, no one knows why. Were they having such an awesome time under ground that they lost track of the time? Or were conditions crowded and awful to the point that some of them bailed years ahead of schedule?
My theory is that the cicadas who came out of the ground early are history or political science buffs who wanted front row seats to the various spectacles currently taking place around us. I think I would have chosen to stay under ground, myself. But if my theory is correct, it gives me hope that the cicadas sense that in four years politics will be more routine and normal again.