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Spider Dance

There is a spider that consistently builds a web inside the pathway in one of our sheds.  The web extends from the side of the shed and extends across the walkway and hooks up to a gate.  The gate gets opened at least twice a day.  Upon opening this gate, it breaks the web loose.  The spider first began building this web a couple of weeks ago.  The first couple of mornings, I walked into this unseen web which forced me to do the “spider dance.”   We’ve all done it.  That violent thrashing, waving, jumping, cussing kind of dance that you do right after you realize that you have walked into a spider web.  Images of Frodo from the Lord of the Rings flash through your head.  

The spider has rebuilt its web every time that I get tangled in it.  After a couple of days, I learned to shine the flashlight on the web, then the spider.  Then I would open the gate and duck under the remains of the web.  This routine has now gone on for a couple of weeks.  I haven’t squashed the spider as I hope it is catching flies during the day.  

I see this spider web as a lesson in futility on the spider’s part.  Build, wait, web gets tore done, repeat.  But now, I am thinking, is this spider sitting there, watching and thinking, “Dang, I almost caught the big one!  Tomorrow is the day!”  Is this arachnid making design improvements that I am unaware of that will eventually lead to my demise?  I don’t want to end up like the ending of “The Old Man and the Sea” with me being caught and dead as well as the spider not surviving to enjoy his victory.  The spider may get removed.

Have a good day and watch out for spider webs.