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I have Arachnophobia. I admit it. I am not ashamed of it. :)
I hate spiders. I hate when I see them, I hate when I have to kill them, I hate being in a room after a spider has been spotted. Then I feel like I have spiders crawling on me after wards. I specifically remember a time in my teen years when my sister and I saw a spider in our room... if memory serves, we were not able to catch it... so we grabbed our pillows and we slept in the living room that night. We just could not sleep in the same room knowing there was a spider on the loose.
Even though I am afraid of spiders, in my adult life, I have usually taken it upon myself to kill them when I see them so that they don't get away while I wait for someone to come to my rescue.
Well, tonight I had just gotten done helping Aaron Jr build a big house with his lincoln logs, then I sat down on the couch with a blanket and got all comfortable, and then this is the series of events that followed:
Aaron: Mom, come look at this! (excited & panicked voice)
Me: what is it?
Aaron: a spider!
Me: a spider?
Aaron: yeah, a big black spider!
Me: oh, i will come and kill it.
Aaron: NO, I will!
Then Aaron ran to the bathroom to get some toilet paper. He has witnessed this many times. :)
Me: okay Aaron, pick it up in the tissue, then take it into the bathroom and flush it down the toilet.
Aaron: I got it!
Me: okay, go and flush it in the toilet!
Aaron proceeded to run into the bathroom and threw it into the toilet, then...
Aaron: it is trying to walk on the water.
Me: okay, flush the toilet.
Aaron: I flushed the spider down.
Toilet flushes. The spider is gone. Whew!
I asked Aaron later what he thought about the spider getting flushed and he said, 'crazy'.
Anyhow, the whole point of my story is the fact that Aaron Jr has been a hero to me for several years now, but tonight... he became my dragon (spider) slayer as well. I was surprised that he felt brave enough to volunteer to kill this spider. I knew he was brave... but THAT brave? Come on! :)
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