I took the Gerts out for a walk last evening and I thought, “I love summer!” OK, it is not officially summer, but it was cold and foggy just like summer here often is and, the most exciting part – it was 8:30 and it was still light. Hurray for long days and short nights.
Since it’s summer, my daughter will be coming back on Sunday to live with us for the next couple of months – which I also love. Although between her summer class, her job and her social life, I don’t know how much we’ll see her.
The big issue for me is that I had taken over part of her cute little attic room to paint my pots, with her vintage Beatle’s poster and red wall.
Now this will all be moved out to the studioette. While out there cleaning and rearranging to make room for a painting table I cleared out lots of spiderwebs. This very protective spider parent would not abandon her eggs, so after I reassured myself that it wasn’t a black widow, I had to let her stay.
In the fall when I was teaching 7 year olds, and the big beautifully colored garden spiders were in every bush, I would take the kids out to watch and learn all about them. The kids were fascinated (8 eyes! spinnerets!) and would get so excited to see any spider. One day a parent was helping in the classroom and one of the kids saw a tiny spider and called everyone over – “spider, spider!” The mother, thinking she was coming to the children’s rescue, ran over and squished it with her shoe. The kids couldn’t believe it. There were tears.
Spiders are supposed to bring good luck. “If you wish to live and thrive, let a spider run alive”. You would think I would have thought of this sooner, but when the eggs in that sac hatch, my studioette will be filled with up to 1000 babies! Uh, lucky me?