When Spiders Attack

spider at natural bridge 


Love it or hate it?

Do you think it motivates or interferes?

This past week James Spader’s character on The Office gave this take on fear:

“Fear plays an interesting role in our lives.  How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision-making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships?  It’s funny isn’t it?  We take a day of the year to dress up in costume, to celebrate fear. “

Of course this was after he told a scary story to the employees, making sure he included something to tap into each and every person’s fear.  According to him, my scary story would involve spiders on a plane flying over a shark infested ocean.

A sequel for Samuel Jackson perhaps?

But if you ask me, Halloween is just fun.  At least it was when I was a kid.

witch coleen patrick

Scary costume, but happy kid.

But spiders?  Completely different.  They are real.

Once when I was a teenager, I came face to face with one that resulted in a trip to the ER.

For me anyway (I have no idea what happened to the spider).

Spider attack broken finger

See that cast?  I broke my finger in that struggle.

Although looking back, I’m wondering if the really scary things were those denim boots on my feet.

Happy Halloween!

16 thoughts on “When Spiders Attack

  1. OH MY GOSH! When you said you had an ER visit because of a spider, I was picturing terrible, rotting open wounds from spider poison. Not a broken finger!! Totally laughing so hard right now, you don’t even know!! Oh, and the denim boot…

    To me, this whole post is priceless. Thanks for the giggle!!


  2. So….this will probably scare you…I actually catch spiders in my bare hands and put them outside. Okay, I haven’t done that yet with one of those big garden spiders, but I still catch them and put them outside.

    And no worries, I’m not completely crazy – I would take a pass on catching, say, a black widow with my bare hands. I’d for sure use a jar or something. And then take it outside. And release it, alive. It’s true. I just figure that spiders are pre-programmed to do certain things and one of those things is not “bite people” so why smash them? Plus, they eat bugs that do tend to bother me, like mosquitoes, so it seems to me we’re on the same team.

    Which brings me all the way around to i am not afraid of spiders but the boots, and the hair, that’s another story entirely. Don’t you just love old pictures! I have PLENTY that would scare you, too! 🙂


  3. I think that pretty much sums up my scary story too: spiders on a plane flying over a shark infested ocean!

    I totally reject the historical roots of halloween and vote that it should hence forth be called Costume Day, because I do love the pleasure my children get with the costumes and the candy.

    But I accept that other people like to deal with their fears this way? Who am I to judge!


  4. We all have “different” boots in our past. Black widows appeared several times in my house in North Carolina. Glad, I’ve moved away from them. (In Texas, we had scorpions fall into our light fixtures. Freaked family members out when they visited. I thought they were funny…. snakes – totally different therapy session).


  5. I don’t think the spider lived to tell about his encounter with you, Coleen, but you were smart to wear boots, just in case. My “which is scarier” question involves spiders and a perm.


  6. Great post! And the boots are one thing, but those JEANS! They even have a zipper on the side (possibly for your Bonnie Bell lip gloss?) 🙂


  7. Lol–“e” beat me to it! I was going to say forget the boots, can we talk about your jeans? 🙂

    The spider pic was almost enough for me to just pass by this post–that’s how scary they are to me. However, I’m betting better with spiders. It’s the silverfish/centipede thingys that scare the crap out of me!


  8. The cast, hair, jeans and boots weren’t a costume???? LOL. Fear is a two edge sword – it can motivate or overwhelm one, but only if you can’t laugh at your own fear. 🙂 I’ve no fear about your being overwhelmed!


  9. Wow! That was one serious reaction/interaction with a spider! Crazy! I’ll pass, thank you. We get plenty of big bad uglies around here. They like to spin their webs from the gate to the car over night. So much fun. Especially if you walk through them. Ick!


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