…I fully expect this to be my most popular post of all time, by the way.
Alongside this whole “don’t yell at kids” thing I’ve been doing lately I’ve been trying in general to become a gentler person. At some point in the last few weeks I decided (possibly at the spirited urging of some internet people) that I wasn’t going to be automatically killing spiders any longer. Seeing a spider no longer means trying to kill a spider. They eat other bugs. This is good, right? We like spiders; we should keep them around.
There’s been a spider living in my bathroom for the last week or so. Just a little house spider type of dude, one of the almost-transparent kinds, not like the black monstrosity I killed in the tub not too long ago (and, I think, blogged about, but I’m not gonna go looking right now.) He’s been hanging out in the upper corners of the bathroom, so even if I were inclined to kill him, he’d be hard to reach and I’d have to stand on something– no real point, right? So for several days every time I’ve gone into the bathroom I’ve spent a few seconds looking around to see if I could spot him. The other day– Wednesday morning, maybe?– he happened to scuttle into the laundry room before I closed the door, and I’ve not seen him in the bathroom since. Which, weirdly, was sorta sad. I’d started thinking of him as a bit of a pet. For all I know, the dog ate him.
My wife went down into our (more-or-less unfinished) basement tonight to go through some stuff and called me down; it rained like hell all day today and we had some water on the floor in the utility room and, as it turned out, some more– inexplicably in the middle of the damn room– in the main area down there. I discovered the wet area in the main room by accident– by stepping in it, wearing socks. Which led me to take my socks off and cuff my jeans a bit, as my jeans are generally a bit too long when I’m not wearing shoes. Several times as we were poking around looking for wet spots (shut up, you’re gross) I walked through cobwebs. They don’t freak me out like they do some people but they’re still kinda skeevy, y’know? Nobody likes walking through cobwebs.
Being bald and walking through cobwebs is more unpleasant than usual, by the way. Trust me.
Anyway, I’m brushing myself off every three seconds and my feet are cold and my pants and socks are wet and WHY THE HELL DOES EVERYTHING IN THIS HOUSE LEAK ALL THE SUDDEN JESUS CHRIST and suddenly it occurs to me that I have to use the bathroom. There is no bathroom in the basement. And, believe me, ordinary “have to use the bathroom” types of experiences get rather radically worse quickly when you have to use the bathroom while barefoot on a cold tile floor and wet.
“Gotta go,” I told my wife, and headed upstairs.
Where I entered the bathroom and, well, went. This was, shall we say, a multiple event, necessitating a seated position, and because I’m like that I grabbed a book on the way into the bathroom. (There’s a post coming about John Green, by the way.) So I’m seated and reading my book and taking care of business… and my fucking pet spider drops onto the top of my head, scuttles off, lands on the book, and then drops into my underwear.
I will allow you to imagine the sequence of events that followed, as my skill as an author cannot do justice to what actually occurred.
I kill spiders on sight again, by the way.