Monday, June 28, 2010
Smart spider, dumb spider
I know, spiders are creepy and nobody likes walking through a web, but when you're up against Mother Nature the way we are around here, you incorporate all the foot soldiers you can get.
This also includes those translucent gekkos and lizards (Ew! and only slightly less ew... but good helpers!)
I was working in a flower bed that was recently demolished to fix a plumbing leak when I noticed two really pretty green spiders with orange stripes on their bellies building webs in different places. I was pretty sure they were harmless banana spiders, so I let them hang out.
He then rebuilds across the path to the newspaper box... yick!
Every day Dumb Spider has constructed his web in a prime spot for me to walk through. And can I just say, I take the same route for my little a.m. chores every morning?
Friday, when the girls were away, I stood in the kitchen watching Smart Spider hanging out and thought about how it's coming up on a month now of him being in that same spot.
Then I started thinking about how I've seen this happen with people.
Some people seem to find the right place to be, develop favor with the right people (sometimes for no apparent reason), and are successful.
Others just flounder, annoy the people they need to please, get knocked down, try again--still wrong, and eventually move on to who knows where. They disappear.
Both spiders look exactly the same. So what's the difference?
And check this gorgeous purple clover. A nice lady in Fairhope gave me a piece of it this weekend when I visited her shop.