Don’t Kill the Spiders …


says my daughter to me as I go around the house with the duster in my hand with silly Doc walking excitedly behind me.  For some reason the sight of the duster makes him happy as if I’m brandishing some doggie treats in front of him instead of a dirty duster.

T thinks I should leave the cobwebs alone.  She tells me to dust around them, that I shouldn’t kill spiders and mess with their homes.  I tell her I don’t kill spiders at all, but I do have to dust off their cobwebs away, otherwise our home will be filled with them.

She’s adamant that I leave the spiders and their cobwebs alone.

I give in when she’s around,

but when she’s at school, I dust away.

Actually, there’s a little side-story here.  Little T actually has a “pet” spider whom she named Bob (see photo above).

Bob is from our old house. One day, we noticed a big spider in the corner of our kitchen.  At that time, T hated spiders and used to squeal every time she would see one.  I would explain that there is no reason to fear them, I guess I just got tired of repeating myself and suggested that she named the spider, after all, one doesn’t fear a friend right?  She then named him Bob.

And as we packed our stuff to move to our current house, she used to worry about him “What about Bob?”  We assured her that Bob would find its way to one of the boxes and will also move house with us.

And we were right, T’s first sighting of him was in the up stairs bathroom.  He also likes to hang out by the windows, especially in the conservatory.

If you come and visit, please don’t judge me and think that I’m too lazy to dust around, bear in mind that I have a daughter who has a friend named Bob and this spider also happens to have a big family 😉

Are you afraid of spiders?


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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


    • Thank goodness, I’m okay with them… I don’t like slugs though, ugh.

  1. hahah, I do that, if I see a spider I give it a name straight away and it does help to alieviate the fear a little, my other half is used to me coming in and saying can you put Fred outside for me, he’s in the bathroom! Of course you could tell your daughter that if you see a cobweb then it’s no longer a home, because when a spider is living in one they are almost invisible.
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    • She was actually debating whether to name the spider Bob or Fred… in the end, she chose Bob 🙂

  2. Aww that’s very sweet but I’m far too scared of spiders to keep any in the house! As soon as I spot one, it’s removed!

    • Luckily, I’m not afraid of them. I can’t stand slugs though.

    • T used to hate them too, but ever since I mentioned that they can be friends, she doesn’t fear them anymore 🙂

  3. I used to hate spiders…to be honest I still hate them a little but definitely try not to kill them now for all of the above reasons!

    • Let’s just say I do most of my dusting/cleaning when she’s at school 😉

    • Thank you! T will think that you are a lovely woman for keeping the spider’s cobwebs in tact 😉 x

  4. Fi Ni Neachtain

    Oh dear God, your daughter is so brave! I can’t even look at that picture of Bob the spider, I’m terrified of them! My little boy is scared of them now too.

    • She used to be scared of them too before seeing them as “friends”, though arachnophobia is a common fear isn’t it?

    • Apparently, Bob is a very common name for a spider! I’ve just found that out now 😉

  5. Spiders don’t bother me whatsoever but my husband? He is TERRIFIED!! It’s hilarious how he will turn into a screaming little girl when he sees one and I have to leap up and save the day. The kids are nervous of them, most likely due to his reaction, so he’s having to rein it in a little and act like he’s not bothered even though he is frozen to the spot whenever we see one!! Bob the spider sounds lovely though!
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    • Must admit, made me giggle 😉 Bob is lovely, although he is everywhere!

    • That’s a great idea! I’ll have to do that though when she’s in school 🙂

  6. Hi Dean, I have a totally irrational fear of spiders. When I see one I literally catch my breath and I can feel myself going into survival mode (ridiculous I know).

    I think it’s fantastic that your daughter got over her fear by befriending a spider. There was a spider that I named Charlotte after the one in Charlotte’s web, but that didn’t help. It was a huge spider that ‘lived’ under the roof of the house we stayed in in South Africa, the only good thing was that when I asked if someone could check on Charlotte (so I knew where she was) they knew what I was on about.

    I gave up fighting the dust years ago. With our windows open all the time it would be fighting a losing battle, so I won’t judge you.

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    • Yes, I’m glad T got over her fear of spiders. Thanks for sharing a cute childhood memory with me 🙂 xx

  7. kerry norris

    Wow she’s brave. My daughter is as bad as me and completely freaks out. I guess she’s got that from me which isn’t a good thing x

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