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My Spider--My Friend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Angela Latoof Cagle   
Thursday, 10 April 2008 10:38

 

I WAS DRIVING IN NEW ORLEANS ON THE OVERHEAD (OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD MAY CALL THIS AN INTERSTATE), WHEN I REALIZED THE MOVEMENT ON MY BOTTOM LEFT WINDSHIELD WAS ACTUALLY ALIVE.   EWWW.  

I LEAN IN A LITTLE CLOSER TO HAVE A LOOK-SEE, AND REALIZED  IT WASN'TA BABY BIRD STUCK IN MY WINDSHIELD, AS I FIRST THOUGHT.  IT WAS A HUGE, PINK, BALD LOOKING SPIDER HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE.  NOW THIS ARACHNID LOOKED NOTHING LIKE ITS HAIRY COUSINS, OR, OF COURSE,  I WOULD HAVE TURNED ON MY WINDSHIELD WIPERS. 

ALTHOUGH I HAVE AN EXTREME DISLIKE, AND YES, DISGUST OF INSECTS, SPIDERS, AND MITES (OH MY!), I FELT SYMPATHY FOR THIS PARTICULAR CRITTER.  MY HEART WAS GROWING LIKE THE GRINCH'S.   THIS WAS MY CINDY-LOU.

SO MY NEW MISSION WAS TO SAVE  THIS CINDY-LOU.  THAT BECAME MY MANTRA, "CINDY-LOU, HANG ON.  CINDY-LOU, HANG ON.  CINDY-LOU, HANG ON."   I SLOWED DOWN TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS ACTUALLY A DANGER TO MYSELF AND OTHERS ON THE OVERHEAD.   BUT I HAD TO DO IT.   THERE WAS NO WAY CHARLOTTE COULD HANG ON AT INTERSTATE SPEEDS. 

ALL THE WHILE I WAS WONDERING, "WHAT THE HECK?  IT WAS A SILLY SPIDER."  I SLOWED DOWN EVEN MORE.   THIS SILLY SPIDER WAS GOING TO LIVE.   I VEERED ACROSS LANES AND GOT TO THE NEXT EXIT.   WE MADE IT!   WE DROVE SLOWLY INTO THE FIRST PARKING LOT AND PARKED.   THIS SPIDER WAS GOING TO START A NEW LIFE IN A NEW PART OF TOWN. 

I JUMPED OUT OF MY CAR AND TOOK A CLOSER GANDER AT HER.   SHE WAS A BEAUT.   I GOT IN A LITTLE CLOSER AND TOOK A PIECE OF PAPER TO ENCOURAGE CINDY-LOU TO JUMP.   SHE WAS CRAWLING ALL OVER MY WINDSHIELD, ALMOST ROLLING OVER  FOR  ME TO PET HER BELLY.

SO CONSUMED WAS I IN MY ATTEMPTS TO RESCUE CHARLOTTE, I DID NOT NOTICE THE MAN COMING TOWARDS ME UNTIL HE WAS RIGHT NEXT TO ME.   NO, HE WASN'T A RAPIST, JUST SOME MAN WHO SAW ME RUNNING AROUND MY CAR A FEW TIMES AND CAME OVER TO SEE IF HE COULD HELP.

I POINTED TO THE SPIDER AND BEGAN TO EXPLAIN MY HONOR BOUND ROLE IN ITS LIFE.   BEFORE I COULD STOP THE KNIGHT, HE REACHED OVER AND SMASHED HER--SPLAT.   RIGHT ON MY WINDSHIELD.   HE LOOKED INTO MY EYES AND SAID WITH A SMILE, "THAT WAS RATHER A LARGE, PINK SPIDER, MA'AM."

I TOOK A DEEP BREATH, AGREED, SMILED, AND THANKED HIM FOR KILLING CIND, UH, THE SPIDER.   I GOT IN MY CAR AND DROVE AWAY, NOTICING TWO OF CHARLOTTE'S LEGS STILL ATTACHED TO THE WINDSHIELD.

 


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