I know that most people seem to have this fear of spiders. Are they too ugly? Or too many of them poisonous? Or what?
I don’t know because when I was in my first university biology lab, I became fascinated with everything about biology. Fascinated really doesn’t even cover it. Exploring my options, I consider a career as an entomologist and accordingly chose courses that would take me into that field.
Life happens, and I did not go off into that avenue. I ended up bearing several sons instead of bearing bugs (in tubes , of course).
But, I continued to be intrigued by all insects.
Which rather irritated my young sons.
Seriously, they told me, when a mother sees a mouse, she was supposed to squeal, not say: let’s put out some cheese…
When there are snakes in the silverware drawer, a mother was supposed to say: help someone,, get these out of here….
When there are containers of frozen bees in the freezer , a mother is supposed to freak if she pulled one out thinking it was lasagna…
When there are ants marching across the door threshold, a mother was suppose to worry about the food, not go look for the nest in the backyard…..
When there were slugs eating the turnip in the garden, a mother was suppose to be repulsed, not show them how salt just shrivels them up…
When there is a wasp nest in the field as big as a watermelon, a mother is supposed to run away faster than the boys, not figure out a way to bring it home…
I admit, my sons did try to get that ’oh gross yeck’ reaction. Try and try and try. Capturing ugly bugs in jars,experimenting with them on the KITCHEN table.
Nothing really fazed me.
One autumn , they placed a huge spider up in the kitchen window above the sink. It was partially covered by the curtains so it secretly built its web. They fed it insects and kept it happy. WAITING for me to finally see it when I was washing dishes one day. The web covered nearly a whole third of the window.
Instead, they came into the kitchen one cold winter day to find me feeding it with a delighted smile. Hey guys, look at this, we have a spider hibernating in our kitchen!
And we did. It stayed that cold winter as we continued to feed it. I don’t think any spider has ever had it so good.
Early spring we released it into our backyard and wished it well. And after that, they gave up.
Now, if they only knew what I was really afraid of……
*this is written as part of the 30 day writing challenge.Check it out here.