Yesterday I enjoyed my lunch break outside. Our tables and chairs have been returned to the courtyard so I’ve been taking advantage of the fresh air as often as possible. It was a glorious, bright sunshiny day yesterday, with a cool breeze blowing. I was finishing up my lunch and the knitting was coming out. (I try to get in a few minutes of knitting during lunch each day. I find it makes for a calmer afternoon). My attention was suddenly distracted by a movement on my shadow, which was cast onto the table in front of me. I paused and then a few minutes later a little spider dangled down in front of my nose. She had headed downward from where she had started spinning her web attached to my hair! Well now – that doesn’t happen every day! At first I couldn’t decide whether to be unnerved by this or to view it a compliment. After a moment’s consideration I went with the latter interpretation. I was pleased she felt comfortable and safe around me. Perhaps she saw that I was knitting and was keen to take a closer look at what I was doing. Perhaps she wanted to share her spinning skills – she was very accomplished and maybe she thought I would appreciate a close look. And she was right. I did enjoy the company and she was a cute little thing. It is absolutely fascinating to watch a spider spin, and I’ve grown in appreciation of their art now that I’ve read through how-to books for spinning yarn. She doesn’t need an instruction book and her silk creations are more beautiful than any yarn.
After a while she disappeared. And then I was concerned. I wondered if she was still nestled up in my hair, if she had decided to make that her new home, or if she had wandered off somewhere else. I didn’t want to hurt her accidentally. Neither did I wish to startle my coworkers. They are accustomed to seeing me with all manner of flowers, clips, and sparkly things in my hair, but never a spider – not even on Halloween. I didn’t wish them to think I was taking up a new habit. I haven’t seen her since, but I did appreciate her visit and maybe she will come again soon.
Blessings to you,