The Bathroom Spider

I have made it very clear that I am not a fan of spiders in general. Oh, I know how useful they are, plus they do make gorgeous webs. If you have ever seen a spider’s  web after a rain storm and the sun is out, it is truly a work of art; like strands of sparkling diamonds. The only spider I ever liked was Charlotte the spider in the children’s book, “Charlotte’s Web.”

We occasionally get a spider or two in the house at any given season. I am usually the one to find and squish them or give them a Navy funeral; AKA the toilet. As I’ve said before, it isn’t just the general creepiness of them, it’s more the fact that they scurry so.

That being said, we have had a “bathroom” spider on the corner of the ceiling in the shower for quite a while. At first when I saw it, I kept throwing water on it, hoping it would simply fall and slip down the drain.

But it didn’t. It stubbornly kept weaving its tiny little web in its corner. What it eats I don’t know. If only the occasional stink bugs would show up in there (instead of on our windows and curtains and lamp shades), the spider would have a nice meal. Considering the size of the spider (about the size of a dried pea), a stinkbug would look like a turkey dinner.

I have to admire the bathroom spider’s ingenuity and everlasting hope of a meal here and there. It’s web is tiny, but she keeps it clean and functional. The American Indians call the spider “*Grandmother.” These days I leave her alone, and always say hello and good day to Grandmother.

*From Wikipedia: In Hopi mythology, “Spider Grandmother” (Hopi Kokyangwuti) also called “Gogyeng Sowuhti” among many other names can take the shape of an old, or timeless woman or the shape of a common spider in many Hopi stories. When she is in her spider shape, she lives underground in a hole that is like a Kiva. When she is called upon, she will help people in many ways, such as giving advice or providing medicinal cures. “Spider Grandmother” is seen as a leader, a wise individual who represents good things.

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