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My Charlotte
Patty’s Story

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The Tiny Orb Weaver

On a cold February morning in 2013, I stepped into the shower and noticed a tiny, tiny orb weaver sliding down the wet tile.

Orb weavers have a distinctive look, even when tiny. Two long legs arch out from the back of the creature’s abdomen, which is shaped like a bulb. Two longish legs arch out from each side of the bulb. Two very long front legs embrace the delicate cephalothorax (the combined head and thorax), culminating in substantial mandibles and the odd little face with her eight faceted eyebuds taking in the world.

Other species of spiders, while sharing the traits of eight legs, eight eyes, and carnivorous mandibles, have a different physiognomy. You would never mistake the agile jumping spider, the roaming wolf spider, the wily trapdoor spider, the muscular water spider, the delicate daddy longlegs, or the furry tarantula for an orb weaver.

However you feel about spiders—and I’ll get to that—I’m sure you’ll agree that the orb weaver is the most elegant of the arachnids.

gray spider

The tiny orb weaver in my shower was charcoal gray. I easily noticed her trying to find her footing on the pale tile, though she was barely a sixteenth of an inch.

The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

~Victorian Children’s Rhyme

I shut the water off at once and called for my husband Tom Robinson to bring the bug jar. A wide-mouthed, plastic, former peanut butter jar, we use this to catch bugs in our home and let them outside.

We’re like that.

We have respect and reverence for flora and fauna, for this beautiful blue planet we live on, a planet unique and rare so far as we know in the Universe. We’ve always loved animals, great and small.

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Lisa and Alana

Tom passionately believes in not killing any creature, though he had to concede that an ant invasion had to stop. He found a poison the ants carry back to their nest, causing them to become infertile and die out.

I draw the line at moths, too, the wool-eating kind. We had a moth infestation in February of 2013. The invaders ate up a pair of wool trousers I’d hung in the back of my clothes closet and forgotten to bag, as well as a pink-and-red wool poncho my mother had gotten me on one of her travels to Mexico. We rounded up our woolens and sealed them in plastic bags or container boxes with cedar oil and moth crystals. I patrolled our place with a Kleenex, squashing moths wherever I found them.

I hate wool moths.

When a mosquito got inside one night and bit the hell out of my leg, causing a blood vessel from hip to ankle to turn scarlet with the skeeter’s poison, Tom hunted the bloodsucker down and caught it in the bug jar. I put jar and mosquito in the freezer to make sure it was dead.

I loathe mosquitoes.

Same for fleas, which caused my cats and me much distress until we found one of those over-the-counter flea poisons you put on the back of your pet baby’s neck. This excellent product knocks out the fleas’ reproductive cycle. Those horrid bloodsuckers died out and didn’t come back.

So I admit it. My Love-the-Flora-and-Fauna-of-the-World philosophy encompasses killing destructive pests dead.

So there you have it, my friends. Ever wonder what makes writers tick? Or wonder what you as a writer have in common with other writers? Try this!

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