“Plains Spadefoot Toad” by Tom Hennen
Toads are smarter than frogs.
Like all of us who are not good-looking they have to rely on their wits.
A woman around the beginning of the last century who was in love with frogs wrote a wonderful book on frogs and toads.
In it she says if you place a frog and a toad on a table they will both hop.
The toad will stop just at the table’s edge, but the frog with its smooth skin and pretty eyes will leap with all its beauty out into nothingness.
I tried it out on my kitchen table and it is true.
That may explain why toads live twice as long as frogs.
Frogs are better at romance though.
A pair of spring peepers were once observed whispering sweet nothings for thirty-four hours.
Not by me.
The toad and I have not moved.
“Plains Spadefoot Toad” by Tom Hennen, from Darkness Sticks to Everything.