Today being Halloween Eve, if Halloween is important enough to have an Eve, I thought I would have some fun with spiders… er, I mean about spiders. I’m not nearly as terrified of them as I used to be, but still, there are limits.
I thought about doing this blog the other day when I took this picture. This spider has lived outside one of my kitchen windows — outside being the operative word here — since early spring. I have watched it since it was a tiny thing as it grew, caught bugs, repaired its web, and laid a jillion eggs.
I had no idea one spider could make so many little spider egg bags. I counted at least twenty on the eave above the web.
Since moving out to the country, I have had to become much more tolerant of insects and other creatures than I used to be, but it took a while before I could become comfortable letting a spider keep its home in my garden or around my house. I grew up with a father who was terrified of spiders and I learned his lesson well.
Once, when I first moved to Texas and knew I was going to die from having a huge tarantula bite me one day, I had to call my neighbor – a native Texan – to help me with this spider I saw on the room divider by my front entry. Mind you, I was a good 25 feet away in the entry to my kitchen, frozen in fear.
I kept trying to be brave enough to cross that line between my kitchen and my living room so I could face this monster alone, but my feet wouldn’t move from tile to carpeting. So I had no recourse but to call my neighbor to save me. A few minutes later, she came in the back door and asked me where the spider was.
“Up there,” I said pointing to the divider. “At the top of that post.”
She walked over, looked around, then reached up. “You mean this?” she asked, pulling down a piece of tinsel left from Christmas decorations the month before.
I am proud to say that I am not nearly as phobic now, but I do draw the line on the spiders invading my house. As I write this, my husband is vacuuming two spiders out of the bathtub for me.
What about you? Are you afraid of spiders? Have any funny stories to share?