23 February 2013
As my readers know, I was raised in New Mexico, and there are no crickets there! Crickets live in moisture, and New Mexico is dry.
This morning was a perfect example of what I mean. I was talking to one of my kids until 6:00 AM. As we said our "I love yous", I heard the sound of my cricket. My body immediately relaxed and the next thing I remember it was 7:00 AM.
Now I have studied crickets -- male and female -- and all of the violent behavior of the female crickets, so please don't write to me. I know the females eat the males after they mate. But that doesn't matter.
God knows our deepest loves and needs. This morning He mercifully sent the soothing sound of the cricket chirp to help me relax. I have had great difficulty staying asleep, so sleep is my #1 need.
The next time you hear the cricket chirp, here are some clues that will help you know what you're hearing:
Loud and monotonous sound? He's calling to attract a female.
Softer Chirp? He's courting a nearby female.
Aggressive Sound? Two males are squaring off.
Strange loud chip? A danger alert when the male senses trouble.
I wish I knew when I fell in love with the relaxing cricket chirp.