Friday, January 4, 2008
Okay, I know this may seem a little weird, but I admit that I've been feeding a few spiders, or at least allowing them to feed. These spiders have been catching and feeding on mosquitoes in our house, and I haven't been able to bring myself to eliminate their food source when cleaning up. I must give credit (or blame) to our neighbor David for encouragement (or enablement, if that is actually a word) in this regard. He admitted to me that he harbors a similar fondness for spiders, which made me feel a little bit less weird about my own behavior. It seems to me that the spiders have been providing a service by catching mosquitoes and it would be ungrateful to take their food away from them. Thus, I have refrained from vacuuming up their webs while doing housework, or even from taking them outside, since they have gone to so much effort to set up house, as it were. Now the spiders have died, so I will clean up their webs, but, to me, it seems right to honor their contribution to the household before I remove all evidence of their existence. Thank you, spiders, for keeping our mosquito population down. I will assist your offspring in the same manner next year. Salutations!