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Conversation with son:

Me: There is a spider that has moved in above the toaster oven. She has an egg sack.

Him: Eww-- i don't like when they have eggs, they are all clustered and eww....But we can use the spider grabber.

Me: Yes, I don't want a thousand baby spiders in the house. They are fine outside.

Him Yes

Me: I like watching the baby ones outdoors, with their little parachute butts. I wish we could shoot parachutes out of our butts and fly with them.

Him: We could do that to avoid awkward social encounters

I should add that the spider grabber is exactly what it sounds like. It is a device to safely and kindly remove spiders from wherever they trouble us. It can be bought on Amazon.

I am lucky to have kids I like, with minds I  find interesting. 


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Jan. 9th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Your son sounds fab :) Also I am glad you are putting your spider grabber to good use. Handy aren't they?!

I'm also rather fond of little parachuting baby spiders, although I agree they are better outside than in. I worked on an excavation once in the middle of parachuting season. They were everywhere. I didn't mind them, but they tickled like crazy, especially when they decided to abseil off your nose!
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
It always makes me think of 'Charlottes Web,' of course. Really EB White did an awful lot to bring up the image of spiders...
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
How old is your son? I think interesting minds result when you have parents who interact and teach and don't just give orders.My kids have interesting minds, too. Spiders are allowed to live in our house, because they keep everything else at bay.
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
He is 21. Soon he will move out, and I will miss him awfully.
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Very touching :'-)
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
If spiders do not startle me, and if they stay out my bed, I don't mind them.
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
I wish you could just pop by from time to time to help me out with them.

Love the story of talking with your son, so much.
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I wish I could pop by too-- we could visit, and i could bring my spider grabber.
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
I had to brace myself to read beyond the first line...I solve spiders with something heavy! I've had a couple of spider bites and they are no fun!

your kids are lucky to have you - an intelligent mother who talks to them! True story: many moons ago when I was just a fresh and optimistic speech therapist working in one of the grimmer outskirts of London I was referred a little boy of three who hardly spoke. I did all the usual tests and then, in that naivety of the newly qualified and inexperienced I said to his young (and barely literate, I later found out)mother. " what do you talk to him about?" To which she replied "I don' tawk te 'im 'cos 'e don' say nuffink te me."
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
It sometimes seems. looking back, as if my kids were born prattling. I have been the lucky one, getting to hear what they were had to say.

And they talked to, and learned from each other, of course.

I too have been bitten by spiders. But they have a job to do. Sometimes i kind of wish they would not try to do it my apartment!
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
how excellent to have such fasicnating conversations
one can see where your two get their imaginations from = and observational skills too !
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