I recently spotted a spider on the ceiling of my office. Normally I would’ve let her live there and eat any bugs that crossed her path, but this quarter-sized creature was heading purposefully in my direction.
With conviction in my tone, I ordered her to turn and walk the other way — or else. She did not heed my warning.
I briefly left the room for some tea to calm my nerves. When I returned, the spider was standing on my desk, in the spot between my computer keyboard and mouse. Startled by her sudden appearance there, I grabbed some tissue and killed her.
Now I’m wondering… What if she was an emissary from the household arachnids and had an important message to impart? Did I just breach some heretofore unknown diplomatic rule and declared war in my home?
–Photo by Andrew Beierle.