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The Tale of the Rustling Spider

I was driving my wife home from work one day and she was telling me about the close encounter she had with a very large spider earlier that day. She was sitting at her desk when she heard this strange rustling sound next to her. Her office during the workday is almost silent, so the rustling noise was very noticeable.

She looked over at her garbage can and was freaked out by this enormous hairy spider scurrying around in her little trash can (ok, so it was no tarantula, but it was almost 2 inches long with its legs. Pretty big for an office setting)

She gave out a little yelp and quickly grabbed the plastic liner and tied it in a knot. She was safe.

When she was done telling me her little tale, I asked her what she did after that. She said nothing, she just left her garbage sack tied up and the janitor would get it that night.

"So you're just going to let it die in the trash?"

"Uh, yeah, I guess so." 

It was at this point in the story that I turned the car around.

We went back to her work and were able to get back in to the building (thankfully there were co-workers that worked later than her). I found her little garbage sack and brought it outside. I inspected it closely and located the furry devil in there, and I ripped the bag open next to him so that he could scurry to freedom. Man could he move!

So yeah, even though I'm terrified of spiders, I don't kill them.

In some cases I'll even drive across town to save one.

VendettA12 VendettA12 33, M 8 Responses May 11, 2009

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I was not familiar with Jainism until you mentioned it and I googled. I have been practicing this for most of my life and I have been roundly mocked for it; would that I had known-- I could have claimed strict adherence to a religion, perhaps I could have gotten a little more respect then. haha.

I love you and your wife. I am jealous of your relationship. It sounds wonderful.

Do you have a bug wand? I use mine every day. While your technique is admirable and quite clever, there are instances where the wand has proven itself to be indispensable. Wait! I will get you one for your anniversary!

My wife acted exasperated, but I know she fell a little more in love with me that day, if such a thing is even possible.



I am constantly playing catch and release in my house as I escort bugs out the door. I have a see thru plastic cup, and a laminated white sheet of paper. That's my bug control system, and it works great. I can even catch flies with it. We have a fly swatter, but it doesn't really get used.



Now my wife is DEATHLY terrified of bees / wasps / hornets.... anything that can fly and sting. If she sees a bee or yellow jacket, she will turn and run away screaming her head off. So she wants to get one of those yellow jacket traps that you hang outside your door to attract and trap and kill bees , etc. I'm torn on that because I do want to protect my girls, but I'm just not a fan of killing things unless it can't be avoided. I'm not a practicing member of Jainism, but I'm pretty close.

I have been known to save all sorts of living things, but this was brave. I am proud of you though. It was the right thing to do. You are my hero. What did your wife think?

Also, I catch flies with my bug wand and set them free. You and I are kindred spirits. On my way to get the HaveAHeart trap as we speak...Thanks for the inspiration.

Six big foam Vendetta hands per capita. Incredible.

I welcome all disciples. Even arachnid ones.

Imagine the sound of an arachnid applause. Two back legs to stand on and six forward limbs to clap with. Tales of Vendetta's kindness could fill a gymnasium with arachnid disciples.

I'm a legend in spider circles. They tell tales of my benevolence to each other around the campfires.

You are much braver than I, good citizen.