Our household has always been one with lots of unusual creatures, and I’m sure in some way that kept the unfavorable neighbors away. Our menagerie has over the years included not just dogs of all kinds, but cats, skunks, rabbits, snakes, lizards, frogs, parrots, and yep you guessed it…..tarantulas!
Now I have to tell you that everyone has always gotten along, and the adventure still continues.
One night very late in the evening, before going to bed, I was making sure the house was locked up tight, and lights were shut off, when for some unknown reason I decided to flip on the light in the hall bathroom. There wasn’t any real reason to do this, but this night…I did.
There sitting on the counter, perfectly still of course, was a rubber tarantula…or was it? Getting down really close in an effort to determine if it was real or a rubber replica, and knowing my kids even though grown are always playing pranks on all of us, I couldn’t be sure of what I was looking at.
I looked at the creature from the front, sides, back, and top. Still nothing, it was such a good replica, I couldn’t tell, the kids really put one over on me this time!
Just as I was about to pick it up and do I don’t know what with it, I decided to check with my son who was living with us at the time. Tip toeing to the other side of the hall, I knocked on his door waking him up.
“Chris,” I said, ” I think Wednesday got out of her cage!”
Chris replied, “Oh mom, she right here!”
“I don’t think so, can you please check.”
After checking, Chris came flying out of his room to discover Wednesday the escapee, had traveled through the bedroom, across to hall, into the bathroom, up the side of the counter, and sat right in the middle of the vanity…..perfectly still. She did all this without anyone seeing her, or realizing she was missing. How could she go so far without one of the dogs not finding her, and wasn’t she lucky they hadn’t. Wednesday was a little escape artist!
Boy, was I happy I hadn’t picked her up thinking she was a toy. Chris was happy I found her, and after securing her in her terrarium, we all went to bed contented, knowing the creatures were where they belonged.
This was just another day in the life of a very busy family, with lots of interesting creatures!
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