Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider

I’m not really afraid of spiders—although I have been bitten several times by what I think were spiders---but I don’t like them lurking around in places that I can’t reach. Well there was this BIG spider hanging around in my bathroom. (well maybe not really that big but…) She was about the size of a nickel with all her legs as he scurried across my mirror the other day. I had my hands full of hair goop and couldn’t get to anything fast enough to trap (read kill here) her so she escaped behind my mirror!

OK—so now I know for sure that somewhere in the room where I am sometimes totally naked was a spider!!! I know that we are never more than 3 feet away from a spider, but if I can’t see it I don’t think about it. Now that’s all I could think of for about a week.

This morning, as I got out of the shower there she was –high up in the corner where I couldn’t reach her. She seemed curled up to look real small, but I knew it was her!!! I tried to ignore her for a while. Even when one of her small offspring ran across the wall to its death (that’s why I know she was a she) she just huddled there sleeping. Some mother!

I dried myself off, got dressed and combed (?) my hair as usual, but kept an eye on her for movement. I couldn’t reach her…..if I threw a towel or something at her she would have dropped somewhere and then perhaps I wouldn’t find her again…… getting the broom probably would have had the same result. OH WHAT SHOULD I DO ????? I thought about just ignoring the situation until another time when she scurried within my reach, but what if I had my hands full of goop again?

Suddenly I noticed her stretching her legs although she hadn’t moved yet. I quickly ran and got the step stool so I could not reach her.

Actually she was rather pretty---if that’s possible. She was a very light beige color with rust colored horizontal markings. I wish my digital camera took close-ups so I could have further identified her. I didn’t even think of that until she was already SQUISHED in a piece of Kleenex! I guess I’ll have to wait until the rest of her babies grow up.............I'm sure I'll have the chance to admire her again!