November 4th, 2005

Egrets Reading

Multiplying Spiders

My daughter is inanely afraid of spiders. I can’t tell you the number of times she’s let loose with a blood curdling shriek and I’ve gone to investigate only to find her quivering in a towel, pointing to some eensie-weensie little spider in the corner of the bathroom that I almost need a magnifying glass to see.

Now, that she’s away at college, I think the spiders around the house are multiplying and having a bit of a field day without Yvette here to ferret them out for me to destroy.

A few minutes ago, I saw what appeared to be a large spider out of the corner of my eye. It seemed odd to see one without that familiar teenage scream that used to accompany any spider sightings in this house. I instinctively grabbed a tissue & flattened it without much thought, but as I emptied it into the trash, I was surprised to notice that there were TWO of them.

They were apparently mating when I squashed them out of existence.


November rain
lost in lovemaking
as the lights go out