I don’t usually share family stories but this was such a funny event that I had to share it with all of you!
Last Friday on the way home from my Grandma J’s house I stopped at a little farm who had furniture sitting out on the side of the road for sale. I had passed it several times always wanting to stop after making lunch and visiting Grandma but always forgetting to do so. Then I noticed my chases of finding a new treasure was dwindling so I made a point to stop.
I found this great little table that would be just the right size for KC and AJ to sit at and do a little homework or just create something wonderful. Yes it needs a little TLC but most often that’s how you get the best treasures isn’t it? Turning the table over to have a look at the bottom and make sure that the braces weren’t in too bad of shape I noticed several Daddy Longlegs spiders, cobwebs and egg sacks. Obviously it had been in the barn quite a while.
I offered the woman $2.00 for the table and asked for a paper towel to clean it off. I wanted my new little treasure but I didn’t want her spiders. I hate spiders. I chased 3 large spiders and 2 little ones off the table, wiped off the egg sacks and cobwebs. Then thumped it on the ground once or twice just to make sure they were all gone.
Did I mention I hate spiders!??
Since I had limited space in the van I put KC in back and sat the old wooden table in the middle seat next to AJ. KC being the curious little 5 year old he is asked me what I was doing. I explained that I wanted the table but not the spiders so I had to clean it off. That answer seemed to satisfy him so off we went.
Two minutes after getting back on the road,
I had the following conversation with my five year old.
KC: “Mommy, I see a spider.”
Me: “You see a spider? Is it moving or sitting still.” Oh, great there’s a spider in the van. I thought.
KC: “It’s moving!”
Me: “Where is it going? Is it moving towards the door or towards your brother?”
Oh God, it’s moving IT’S moving! I thought hoping it would at least be moving away from AJ.
KC: “It’s moving towards AJ.”
Me: “Are you sure? Is it a big or little spider?” Please let it be little, please let it be little! I prayed, while a shiver ran down my spine.
KC: “It’s big!”
Oh God, I thought, it’s big… it’s big! Just then AJ let out a wail and started to cry. I was convinced that spider had frightened my poor little boy and it would only be another minute and that spider would be face to face with my baby! I began looking for a place to pull off the road.
Unfortunately there isn’t much of a shoulder on that particular road and beyond the shoulder is a drop off into the woods. I couldn’t let that spider get my little boy, so I turned on my flashers and pulled over anyway. Jumping out of the van I opened the side door and yanked out the table.
As I sat it on the ground a car went past, I don’t think it even slowed down. It was so close to me that the air pressure pushed against me and rocked me a little bit. I searched all over that table and couldn’t find the spider. Another car flew pasts with a whoosh! The spider must be in the van I thought. I looked all over the seats, checked out AJ’s car seat and searched the poor kid for spiders.
Me: “KC are you sure you saw a big spider?”
KC: “Yes. It’s an invisible spider!”
KC: “The spider is invisible!”
Me: “Are you telling me you can’t really see the spider? Is it a pretend spider or a real spider?” I asked as a third car whooshed passed without bothering to slow down.
KC: “Well, it’s a real pretend spider!”
A rush of feelings came over me. I was mad, I was frustrated, and I was relieved. I counted to 10 and then shook my head, put the table back in the van and drove away.
KC: “Did I tease you mommy?” He asked with a smile on his face and a laugh in his voice as if he knew he had just told the best joke ever.
Me: “Yes bubby, you just teased mommy.”
We then talked the rest of the way home about why we shouldn’t tell spider jokes while mommy is driving.
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