I don’t know if everyone is inundated with spiders like we are, but it’s kind of insane. We’ve found them upstairs and downstairs. They are behind the mailbox, in the garage, on trees and plants, and anywhere two solid items are close enough to create a web.
Now, I love spiders. Or, at least, I appreciate their role in the eco-verse. I have also always loved Charlotte’s Web, so I’m utterly biased as it is. Even so, we’ve had to have a few clearing out of the cobweb sessions – in the kids’ outdoor trucks and water table and slide and play-grill, for instance – that have surely ruined a full day’s work if not some spider generations. I leave the spider webs that appear on the bushes and in the corners of the house and even those that turn up in more used sections of our patio. I figure that the good they do in catching those horrible tiger mosquitoes and other pests is worth the minor inconvenience of having to walk the other way around to get to our gate.
And when I used the flash to take another photo and saw interesting markings and stripes and hairs and pincers, I was just a little worried. Is this a spider that would creep inside to chomp on my children’s legs at night? Is it poisonous? Would it give us permanent nightmare fodder until the kids go off to adulthood – and beyond? What do you think? And is it just me, or is this spider missing a leg? Is it a mutant spider – with special powers? Would it turn my children into superheroes? And are they ready for that responsibility?
In the end, it’s outside, and it’s a quiet neighbor. If it were inside, I’d definitely at least capture it and bring it outside. But it’s already outside! And besides, this particular spider is not what gets me nervous. What I’m worried about is when she has her hundreds of babies (remember Charlotte’s Web??), and then we’re surrounded!