FAMILY LIVING, Why Did the Tarantula Cross the Road

Why did the tarantula cross the road? Not just to get to the other side.
Fall is the time of year when male tarantulas go on a ‘march’ to seek out females.

Thank you google.

First day of school, 2018. The children struggled to get out of bed. Really struggled. I thought, to help them wake up, it would be a good idea to run morning laps around our front lawn, in their PJs, with only bare feet. I was surprised that no one objected.

I (almost literally) tossed them out the front door, and told them to come back for breakfast, after a short frolic in the dewy grass. Now, doesn’t that paint a charming picture?

Not two seconds later, the three children darted back into the house, out of breath, but not from a long run. There was a tarantula on the second step of our front porch, looking at the children, with all of its eight eyes. (Eight eyes, right?)

Admittedly, I didn’t count the eyes, but Bry got a good look at its teeth, on its underside, when he moved the spider off our front porch and on to the mountainside across the street from our home.

First day of school.

I told a friend, when she asked about our first day of school, “L broke his front two teeth on his first day of school. We are being inundated with tarantulas (two sightings now). Teenagers are out terrorizing our neighborhood at night (true story). And I need a haircut. Otherwise, it went great!”

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  1. Mikaela
    September 27, 2018

    I miss your posts. So good to get a new one. I don’t know which is scarier: tarantulas or teenagers !

  2. Dad Holmes
    September 27, 2018

    “Are Tarantulas Venomous? … It can use its fangs to inflict a bite, or it can use its urticating (barbed and mildly venomous) abdominal hairs to cause soft tissue or eye irritation. Fortunately, while painful and aggravating, the tarantula’s fangs, or hairs appear to cause no long term damage in most cases.” I use to catch them in my Peter Pan Peanut butter jar.
    Now TEENagers, especially Utah teenagers, that’s another story. :0
    I can’t wait to hear about L’s teeth. And, of course, see your new haircut.

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