Spider Speck

There was a tiny speck of white against the dark window over the sink. I stared at it blankly for a long time as I washed the dishes, assuming that it was a speck of lint hanging in the air and wondering how long it would take for it to settle to the ground.

Upon closer inspection, I discovered that it was a spider too small for me to make out any detail besides the miniscule flurry of movement around its legs. It hung on a web of invisible silk too fine for the naked eye to perceive.

I involuntarily caught myself singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” in my mind.

I left ItsyBitsy alone. I wasn’t sure how muchgood she was likely to do the household in terms of insect control, but she wasn’t hurting anything either. I feel like “be kind to spiders” is one of those old wives’ tale admonitions that are more about superstition than any useful sense, but I do my best to follow it anyway. Why hate and scream about a spider anyway? They are hundreds of times smaller than you are and they eat insects. There’s really no down side.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on September 18, 2018.

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