Where’d that spider go?!
I was just sitting here reading some posts on one my favorite blogs. My right hand was in its normal driving/navigation position on the mouse while my left elbow rested on my desktop and my left hand supported my chin. Then, I felt a little tickle on my left arm about an inch or so above my elbow. I lifted my arm off of the desk and turned the underside up and towards me and there it was – a spider! On my arm! There’s a spider on my arm! I let out one of my loudest and longest spider screams ever.
My spider screams are very distinct. They aren’t really screams so much but rather are more of a quick succession of high pitched guttural yells of “ah! ah! uh! uh!” which I cannot control. Also out of my control is the wild and violent jerking of my body as I jump into action and my entire being immediately tries to fling the spider OFF of me (or as I jump back if it is a spider on a web in front of me.) Afterwards, I am consumed by imagined tickles all over my body and in my hair, as if I am being infested by more spiders.
Greg recognized my spider scream from the other room and came in to see if I was okay. I told him that there was a spider on my arm and he then asked if it was just a little spider, while making a little pinch motion with his fingers to demonstrate his imagined itty-bittyness of said spider. As if I would ever exaggerate or overreact to a spider sighting.
They say size doesn’t matter. I think this also applies when it comes to spiders. Well, maybe it matters a little, but a spider is still a spider and must be exterminated. And this spider wasn’t itty-bitty.
Greg then asked where the spider was now. I told him I didn’t know; I was too busy flinging it from my body to watch and make sure it had a safe landing. Then my practical husband said that I should just smack a spider the instant I see it, even if it is on me, so that it doesn’t get lost. Well, that ain’t happening. Nope. Uh uh.
After a few minutes, the spider did show itself again and was climbing up the wall. Greg heroically dealt with it for me.