Compared to the spiders I grew up with in Florida, the spiders out here in the west are weak sauce. Perhaps not danger-wise, but most definitely size wise.
I grew up with spiders the size of your hand hanging out on our living room wall. Gross, but true. So I don't jump out of my skin when I see a bitty one crawling around here. Which proves I am more of a man than my oldest brother who faints at the sight of them, no matter how small.
You can see where this is going, can't you.
Indeed, as I sat on the floor, changing the 243rd diaper of the morning, I noticed a tiny speck moving across my wall. Upon discovering a little miniature eight-legged creature, I called the boys over to have a look.
Joseph, who happens to only be scared of things bigger than his pinky finger nail, leaps up shouting, "I'm going to catch it!"
In a flash he came back with an old peanut butter jar I was obviously saving for just such an occasion. There is something to be said for "poor man's tupperwear". I was actually quite impressed he managed to catch it without squishing it. I was sure I was going to have to clean a little black steak from my wall.
Savannah came home from school just a few minutes later and Joseph quickly showed off his new prize. It took them a few minutes to be able to find it in that big jar, but once they did, Savannah started oohhh-ing and aahhh-ing and oh how cute-ing.
And when they would lose sight of it, the jar would be flipped, banged, bumped, and rolled. I almost felt sorry for it.
After a minute or two, Savannah looks up and me and says, "Mommy, we have a new pet. And her name is... Heart."
"Mom, can we feed Heart? She's hungry.
"Well, what do you think spiders like to eat?" I asked in return.
After looking thoughtful for a minute she replies, "Leaves, water, bananas, and bread, maybe."
Thankfully Savannah decided that Heart would be much happier out in the wide world where she could find her own food.
I hope this makes up for me being the mean mommy (see previous post) and I am now considered the super cool, totally awesome mommy.
Who else would let you keep a pet spider named Heart?
P.S. If you get really bored, you'll also find me over at MMB today. When I re-read my submission for them, I groaned, buried my head in my hands and thought, why did I write such a thing! People will think I'm showing off or something and come throw bricks at my window!
But so far, there have been nice people leaving nice comments, so maybe only a couple windows will get smashed tonight.
See you over THERE!