There was a big, fat, ugly spider outside my kitchen window last night. It disturbed my view while I was doing dishes after supper by dropping down right in front of me.
My first reaction was to recoil with an, "Oh, yuck!"
I'm not generally overly afraid of spiders. I've had to get used to them as we have an abundance of your typical ceiling variety spiders in our house that the kids always make me kill for them.
But this spider is a lot larger than our house spiders, and it's one of those creepy multi-coloured ones with stripes on its legs and funky designs on its body.
[insert *shudder* here]
But then, after I got over my initial horror, I took a closer look because the spider was doing something a bit unusual, (and when I say unusual, I just mean I'd never seen a spider do this before.) It turns out it was building a web in the corner of my kitchen window.
It was actually pretty neat to watch. It would drop down really quickly, and then crawl back up, and then start pulling up the piece of web it had dropped, and then drop down again, and go somewhere different, and then attach a piece of web here, and then go over there and attach another piece of web over there.
It's like it knew what it was doing or something.
It's still rather dark outside this morning, so I can't see outside my window really well. But I can see enough to tell that the web is finished, and it is full of tiny flies that got caught in it overnight. I hope the spider is hungry today.
And it just goes to show, even if you think something is ugly, it just might show you something cool, like how to catch your food with sticky pieces of string, (not that I'm about to go out and try it myself -- I'm not into eating flies...)