Drop in Surprise

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Sitting in the passenger seat, I am idly watching the landscape slide by as my husband and I are on our way to a nursery.

Suddenly, something drops right before my eyes. It is so close that my eyes can’t focus. I pull my head back trying to see more clearly. My hand raises up to swat what I think is a gnat-like creature, but wait! There are multiple legs gyrating. That’s no gnat-like creature! That’s a spider! I let out a small yelp as I realize what this is.

Quickly my hand reaches higher for the invisible line holding this creature. Thump! Thump! beats my heart. The spider is transferred to the floor of the car, but I lose sight of it on the black floor mats.

My purse is snatched up and settled onto my lap as my eyes scan the floor for any sign of movement. Small tinglings plague me. Is that the spider walking on my leg? Finally, I spot it. Unfortunately it is in the groove of the mat. With sharp eyes, I follow its every movement until it crawls up to the flat top of the mat. My foot moves in to eliminate the crawling threat. My purse remains in my lap (just in case).

Slowly my heart returns to its regular beat. I sit idly watching the passing landscape until we reach our destination.

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19 thoughts on “Drop in Surprise

  1. mandyrobek says:

    I’m happy your heart returned to a normal beat. I think you’ve written before about not liking spiders – they aren’t my favorite either.

  2. Great job telling this story bit by bit. I had to laugh at the “multiple legs gyrating” line. I must admit to a wee bit of sympathy for the spider, but at least it’s immortalized in your story!

  3. lindabaie says:

    It isn’t fun at all when they drop down. I’m glad you had the wits to grab the web line quickly.

  4. Hmmm, I see this written in a nursery rhyme format. Little Miss Elsie, sat in her car, on her way to the nursery. When down before her eyes, a spider falls by, and makes Miss Elsie cry out in surprise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rhyme. 🙂

  5. This post should come with a warning label! My response to spiders is the same as yours, but somehow I raised a daughter who would scoop them into a cup & take them outside.

  6. Judy C. says:

    Oh, I’ve had those moments. Last week a bird swooped in front of the car and I thought I was a gonner!

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