I have little compunction about killing invasive bugs. As one of the heads of the household, I simply have bigger fish to fry. So when a spider threatens to crawl into one of my children’s beds, I weigh the total cost of relocating it vs. killing it on the spot.
And honestly, often, killing it on the spot wins.
But the garden is not one of our bedrooms. And there’s a beautiful big garden spider that’s been weaving webs covering over six square feet between the plants besides our front door walkway. (It’s not this one, but it’s the same type.)
Everyday we’ve been admiring it and keeping an eye out for it, too.
It’s a good thing that we’ve been keeping a eye out for it, because this morning it wove a web that crossed the walkway itself. There was no way out or in to the front door without getting caught in its trap!
Bold move, you majestic creature.
That spider earned herself a first-class, comfortable relocation to a bush down by the canal. Good hunting, mate, but watch out for birds.
(Thanks to flickr user nettsu for his beautiful photo of the spider web.)
I dropped the kids off at home after school. The door was locked and I had to unlock it for them. They were being regular well-behaved kids, but I couldn’t help myself. I pretended to be exasperated and told them:
You kids are so needy. “Give me this. Give me that. Let me in the house.”
They looked at me like I was crazy, but we all laughed. OK, mostly me.
Aaron showed me his new game, Clash of Clans.
As he was playing, he narrated, “You send in the giants first, because they’re hard to kill. Then you send in the barbarians to finish the job while the bad guys attack your giants.”
I said, “You know what that’s called, kid? You’re sending in your tanks to draw aggro.” I had to hold back the tears of pride, watching my kid naturally develop advanced RTS strategies.
When he needs to learn about obscure American football terms like Buttonhook and Dime Coverage, I’ll be no help whatsoever.
I went bike riding with the kids this morning. I took out my smart phone and made a short video of them biking through the neighborhood.
If you’d like to compare that video to a couple of earlier videos I made of the kids biking, you can see one with Maddie and Aaron in 2010, and another with Aaron when he was six.