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September 13, 2005

I hate spiders. They freak me out. I avoid them. I have nightmares of them dropping on me from the ceiling — nightmares that actually send me scurrying out of bed.

So last week when I saw a ginormous web stretching from the eave of my house to the grill beneath it, I was less than pleased. And when I saw its inhabitant, I ran back inside.

The next morning, I noticed the web was gone. “Good,” I thought. But that night, the web was back. I half expected it to say “Good Pig.” I warily eyed the spider as I waited for Max to venture back in for the yard. It ignored me.

After a few days, I realized that the spider rebuilds the hyooooooge (TM Trump) web every night! And peeking in on the spider turned into a ritual. Gone in the morning, when Max first goes out. Back at night, when Max goes out before bedtime.

BvP said that at this rate, in a few days I’ll start hurling crickets into the web at nights to feed her. (Did some research…the females keep the webs and are larger than the males.)

Tonight, after dark, I spent a half-hour watching her spin the web and my mind was blown.

If this little creature can build something 30 times its size, every single night, surely I can do a bunch of little things every single day (ex…Oatmeal breakfast bar instead of TastyKakes…water instead of soda) that may add up to make a difference.

And maybe spiders aren’t so bad.

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  • Ani September 14, 2005 at 11:17 am

    Ahh Charlotte the spider maybe isn’t so scary.

  • Erin September 15, 2005 at 3:43 pm

    > I half expected it to say “Good Pig.”


  • the _d September 15, 2005 at 5:11 pm

    i think their’s an spider in you’re hair

  • Kimberly September 15, 2005 at 5:17 pm


    THERE’S: Contraction for ‘there is’
    THEIR’S: Isn’t in the dictionary at all. AT ALL!!
    YOU’RE: Contraction for ‘you are’
    YOUR: Possessive

    the _d? You’re fired!

    No…not really.

  • John September 15, 2005 at 11:02 pm

    Actually it should be “a spider in your hair” not “an spider in your hair” An is used before a word beginning with a vowel, a is used before words beginning with a consonant. 🙂

  • Kimberly September 16, 2005 at 12:07 am

    Holy crap…we are related!