“No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful”

What a surprise, today is cloudy. The prediction is sun, but the clouds have won out for now. I, however, see bright sun and flowers. I think I’m living a scene out of Cinderella complete with bluebirds. The World Series starts tonight.

Today is a stay at home day. I have no errands. I finished them yesterday. I have only the bird feeders to fill and the bed to change.

I woke up at five this morning. It was dark. When I was still working, I got up at five every morning. In those days I was a mole, not a sloth.

When I was kid, I wasn’t afraid of anything. Spiders were no problem. I loved watching them in their webs. I followed slithering garden snakes in the grass. Once I watched a praying mantis for the longest time. I had never seen its like before. When I was at the pool, I dived off the board even though I was nine or ten. I hit bottom once and chipped my tooth and cut my lip. The lifeguard took me home. It was a while before I used the diving board again. My father used to try to scare us by scratching at the screen. My bravado rose to the fore, and I asked who was there. I don’t think I wanted an answer.

When I was in Ghana, the first thing which delighted me was seeing lizards. They seemed symbolic of Africa to me, of the Africa I imagined. I remembered being at our training site in Winneba and seeing the brightly colored lizards scampering all over the grounds.

My house in Bolga had scorpions. I remember one of my students borrowing my sandal to kill one in my living room. Her sandal was left outside, but my sandal enough. It proved lethal. That scorpion was flattened. I saw poisonous snakes but not too closely. I did see a centipede. It was amazing.

I always wonder why people scream at and run away from spiders. It always seems silly to me.

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6 Comments on ““No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Watching the World Series and so far it’s been exciting.

    Obviously, some spiders are poisonous. The black widow requires that you flip them over to identify them from their hour glass on their abdomen. Why go to all that trouble and just wack them a shoe and don’t worry. Once a friend of mine, as a kid, whacked one with a shoe and a hundred baby spiders came out and scattered everywhere.

    Snakes are the same. The old saying is red and yellow, kill a fellow. Red and black friend of Jack. That’s except for rattle snakes.

    Today was another beautiful sunny day with a high in the low 70s. The rain returns tomorrow morning.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m also glued to the TV and the series. Right now it is 5-4.

      I haven’t ever seen a black widow spider. The ones around here are benign and eat plenty of insects. I cheer for the spiders.

      I’d have jumped all over if I had to avoid a hundred baby spiders. They show up in August.

      There are no venomous snakes on Cape Cod even though there are seven species.

      The sun was out for only a short time today, It stayed cloudy and cold.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny during the day with showers in the afternoon yesterday, sunny during the day and cloudy in the afternoon today. I barely got to see the sun when we went out for our walk after work, mostly because the beekeeper doesn’t get a hint or even straight words that I wanted to hurry out on our walk so I too could enjoy some sunshine. He just kept on talking and talking and talking 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I was terrified of spiders when I was a kid but snakes has never bothered me at all. Now days spiders doesn’t bother me either, they eat flies therefore they are my friend 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We never did have much sun yesterday and today is even darker. There is also a wind making the day overall miserable. It rained in Boston yesterday but never made it down here.It is going to be a cold day.

      I just wasn’t afraid of much when I was a kid. That’s a good thing given everything I saw in Ghana.

      Have a great day!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Horses were a bit scary for me because all the ones I knew as a kid generally tried to eat my hair. When I learned to ride and then to train horses, I got over it. After that nothing much was scary.
    One of my friends is so afraid of snakes that she will grab whatever thing is to hand and smash that snake far beyond mere deadness. Isn’t it better just to run away? She says no. Snake must be pounded into a fine pink mist.
    Another friend was literally unable to open her car door because there was a tiny spider on it. She just stood there until someone came along and offered to remove the spider and open the door for her.

    Last night we had a tremendous thunderstorm. Lightening struck the iconic and picturesque 150 year old First Baptist Church on the Upper Common. It burned to a shell and will have to be demolished. It was sad to watch. The steeple had a lighted star on it that was visible from my house a mile or so away as the crow flies. I remember the first time I noticed it as a child. I was out in the street with my father and saw the star above the tree line to the west. I asked my father if it meant that Jesus was coming. He laughed. And that’s what I remembered every time I caught a glimpse of that star shining over the tree line. It wasn’t my church and I’d only been in it a couple of times but I’m going to miss it.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t think I ever got close enough to horses so I didn’t mind them. I suspect I’d hate if they tried to eat my hair.

      Spiders are our friends given how many insects they eat. I wish I knew where the fear of them comes from. That is amazing that your friend was afraid of one and had to stay in her car. I actually don’t know anyone who is afraid of spiders, but that is just happenstance.

      Any time an iconic building is destroyed is always horrible. I saw it on the news. It is just so sad.

      I’m sorry!


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