August 5: Spider Day!

It was spider day at the Front Porch Library. We sat down on the floor around the giant pad, drew a line down the middle and wrote down everything we knew about insects and spiders–there were eight kids today and among us we had a surprising amount of knowledge.
But today was spider day so we concentrated on them, and their superiority to their 6 legged competition. We had a few arachniphobics in the group–I worked on it, I love them. Forty thousand species of spiders and only 12 that can harm humans? I think spiders are getting a bum rap.
We then walked down to Miss Jen’s house, but before leaving the library we placed bets on how many spiders we would see on the very short walk. No one came close to the total which was 24.
Miss Jen set out a HUGE batch of snacks before we looked at her very large Golden Orb Spider–it was right outside the window and had caught two dragonflies it was skillfully dismembering (Dragonflies have the best vision in the insect world; spider’s vision is ten times better–bet you didn’t know that–I didn’t either until today).
After snacking royally we went into her back yard and collected nature to draw–lots of plants, no spiders. Tamiya did some beaiutiful flowers. Brianna skipped nature and went for a drawing of Miss Jen’s fountain. “I’m making the water blue.” It wasn’t–it was just clear, but blue seemed right to Brianna.
We walked back to the library for cake–except Brianna and Klark. Brianna rode her motorized scooter and Klark chased her at top speed (on foot). Almost caught her too.
I hope spiders rose in the kids’ estimation today. They are so cool! A fine day of spider promotion at the Front Porch Library.

Author: slowdancejournal

I am a writer of novels for young readers. I also sing old time rock and roll in a duo called "Hot Tamale." My husband and I maintain our own 10 acre wildlife preserve. My home is Tallahassee, Florida.

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