'Tis the season, lads and lassies. 'Tis the season for big hairy spiders. And 'tis one of the only downsides to the delightful spring weather we are enjoying.
The other day, I was going about my morning doing my chores and getting the kiddies ready for school. When along came this spider that has to be the biggest, scariest looking spider I've ever seen. I screamed. Nick handed me my camera so I could snap a quick pic. Then Hubby quickly introduced the spider to the business end of his work boot. And we all lived happily ever after.
(Sigh!) My hero! A true knight in shining armor, ready and willing to slay creepy crawlers who threaten the peace and tranquility of this fair maiden.
But that wasn't always the case.
There was that time last summer, when my kitchen was broke and I was stuck washing dishes in the lavadero in my back patio. I glanced down and was surprised to see a creepy little spider, almost identical to the spider from last week, just centimeters away from my chancla (flip-flop) clad foot. I screamed. And seconds later Hubby came to the rescue and saved the spider. The SPIDER!!! Not me. (Tsk, tsk, tsk.)
You see, Hubby is a kind, caring soul with a weakness for animals and insects of all kinds. After all, they are God's creatures put on this earth for a purpose. So, instead of killing or swatting away at these bugs, my dear husband captures them and then releases them back into the wild -- the big empty lot next to our house. And that's exactly what he did with that spider.
Unfortunately, that same spider made his way back into my house a couple of days later and I was forced to take matters into my own
The only time Hubby doesn't even think about trying to rescue these creepy crawlers is when it's something poisonous like a capulina (black widow spider) or an alacran (scorpion). We found a capulina weaving her web in my kitchen cabinet this morning. She was put to death that instant.
I joke and laugh about it now, but spiders and scorpions should be taken very seriously. Their bites can be fatal. If you or someone you know is ever bit by a spider or scorpion, head to your local clinic, hospital or doctors office to be treated immediately. For those of you here in Mexico, you might want to keep an allergy medication like Avepena on hand at all times. (That concludes this Public Service Announcement. Gracias.)
Modern medicine aside, some people believe you can wipe out any possible effects by cleaning the bite with a little bleach. It's also believed that if you're a mean, ornery person, you won't feel any effects at all. (I'm thinking it's some kind of professional courtesy or something like that.)
If all else fails, you could try drinking a cup of hot milk. When Hubby was about 10 years old, he was stung by a scorpion hiding in his shirt, that my suegra had just ironed minutes before. My suegro was the neighborhood lechero (milkman), so my suegra always had freshly squeezed cow's milk on hand, and just happened to have a large pot simmering on the stove. Hubby drank a cup of the hot milk and wasn't phased at all by the scorpion sting. (Or so he thinks.)
Have you ever had any close encounters with creepy crawlers?