where hobbies, hijinks, and capers go bad = my childhood #4

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one day
when i was little
sitting in my garage
with my sisters and friend
just watching the little spiders in the corner
as we hung out, talking and wondering 
how we could make some money
we came up with a brilliant plan
and decided that it would be a great idea
to start a ‘spider farm’
where we would breed spiders in my garage
and sell them to all of the people in our neighborhood 
overhead would be low
we just had to find two spiders
 get them to meet each other
and have babies
we never really considered the logistics
or that we knew nothing about spiders
or that we weren’t really spider fans
or how we would get them to ‘fall in love’
or that there might not be any customers
or that our business would close before it opened
when my mom closed the garage door and made us play outside
and that is the main reason why i am not a spider farmer today
and a teacher instead. 
“don’t worry, spiders, i keep house casually.”

-robert hass, field guide

image credit:  david kirk, ‘miss spider’s sunnypatch kids’
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51 responses »

  1. LOL. When I was young, it was my job to feed the chickens and collect their eggs every morning. A grandaddy longlegs would come out and sit on my hand if I sat still enough on the food bin, and I grew really fond of him.

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