Well, it’s a 3-day weekend and I’ve been busy tooling around in the yard, etc. We have an old, rotting tree stump on our front lawn that I’ve been picking away at as more of it rots. Digging into it yesterday I was almost certain I would find a big juicy grub worm – I did! Hey there little fella:
Hey there, little fella. You look calories.
I’m reminded of a scene from The Earthling whenever I see one of these little buggers. Any ever see that movie? I remember watching it when I was a kid and it’s stuck in my mind ever since. The Earthling stars a young Ricky Schroeder on vacation with his parents in an RV. They’re in a very remote region when the RV goes off a cliff with Ricky’s parents inside. Poor young Ricky is all alone until this dude with (as I remember it) has a terminal disease and he’s going into the woods to die in the place he was raised. Ricky complicates this plan, because if the dude takes him back to civilization, he won’t die where he wants, but if he brings Ricky with him what are the odds Ricky will survive when the dude is gone?
Ultimately the selfish bastard takes Ricky with him with the intent to teach him the survival skills he’ll need to survive on the way back. Setting snares, starting fires, and such skills are taught, but I distinctly remember the advice the man gave Ricky on grub worms – “A man can die on just rabbit alone. You need fat” – or some such quote.
So remember that, if things get really bad – feed your kiddos grub worms. “Gross!” you say? Come now, you just gotta do it the right way. Grind ’em up and mix them into your cast iron skillet with your squirrel meat. No matter how you do it – do it! You’ll need fat, too.
– Ranger Man