The Spider

I was minding my own business scrolling through my Facebook feed when I was tagged by friends updating me on their day. They so kindly took care of my ponies as I am recuperating from surgery for my broken arm. They are so sweet and I am so grateful and am truly blessed with their kindness. On their ride my childhood friend decided to share The Spider story. I hope I can retell it as it was the craziest thing I have ever had happen to me, even to this day.

It was in the early 70’s when we were all up at Big Bear our local mountains for a winter vacation. I’m from a big family one of six and there were spouses and friends that joined in the fun. We rented those huge inner tubes sliding down snowy hills, flying over berms. It was great fun. Until the evening when one girl, me, lost her marbles!

As cabins go there were many beds in each room so many folks can stay and enjoy Big Bear and skiing. I can’t remember how many girls were in my room but when I got into my bed I asked if someone could get rid of the spider I saw up on the ceiling across the room, a small brown spider. I HATE spiders, okay, strong word, I am deathly afraid of spiders. Better. The girls began to tease me, relentlessly.

The teasing went on for a long time. And as the girls talked the spider slowly moved its way on the ceiling towards ME! The teasing turned into scary spider stories and those little spider legs kept on moving. I was reading a book and I was laying down on the bed trying to ignore these girls. I was laying on my side with my arm bent resting my head on my hand, I began plugging my ears with my hands as I didn’t want to hear the stories. The spider eventually was right above me when it happened.

In a split second I felt something hit my arm that was holding my head and when I looked down THAT SPIDER WAS ON THE CUFF OF MY PJ’S INCHES FROM MY FACE! I’M GOING TO DIE!!  All hell broke loose – I jumped up faster than you can blink. I brushed off my sleeve over and over to rid me of the spider. I lost all control and screamed the most blood curdling scream one can scream at the top of my lungs!! I was hysterical crying and I couldn’t stop!

I woke the whole house! Everyone came running, is someone injured? A fire? NO, it’s a spider! The girls looked up as soon as I jumped up, no one really knew what happened at first except the spider was gone. They were laughing so hard, I can’t blame them as it’s silly to be so scared. But why did that spider crawl across the ceiling which was really far over to me and fall on my sleeve? I still wonder to this day. I love to reminisce and this is definitely one of those stories that one will never forget.

I can laugh now, it took my sister who grabbed me and held me to calm me down. I don’t know why I lost control, screamed SO LOUD, and got so scared. Perfect scenario of events, scary spider stories and a spider that seemed to understand every word.

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