It isn’t that I miss them, and I really don’t care if they never return, but I am curious. We moved into our home ten years ago, and for the past nine summers as soon as it got warm the spiders took over the front porch. At dusk they would suddenly appear, building webs, sitting on the siding of the house, lurking on the ceiling of the porch. Then come morning they would be gone, leaving only their webs to show of their prior nights invasion until they reappeared again that evening.
I am not favorable to spiders so it took some adjusting to the fact that if you arrived home after dusk you were walking up onto a porch with lots of spiders on it. If we forgot to turn on the porch light and came home after dark it was worse because then you couldn’t see where they were. One night that happened and I was first to the front door. When I opened the screen door I felt a web go across my head. I hurried into the house, flipped on the lights, was doing the wild karate hair shuffle with my hands while saying to my husband, Ron, “Is there a spider in my hair?”.
Being a typical man, he remains on the front porch, looking around and says “There are a lot of spiders out here.”
“I don’t care what is on the porch, is there one in my hair!”
Ron enters the house calmly, looks at my hair and replies “no.”
Whew! That moment of panic when I didn’t know if I was wearing one of the darn things ended with one simple word.
This summer is strange. There are no spiders on our front porch. They should certainly be there by now, and after all these years I assumed they were permanent residents. So here we are in our tenth summer in the house and I am wondering what happened to the spiders. Did the bitter cold winter freeze them out? Will they suddenly realize summer has arrived and do a late invasion? Will we be given a summer of reprieve and then be invaded again next year? Only time will tell, but for now I am happy that I can walk across my front porch in the dark, or sit on it reading until dusk, without having to worry about whether a spider is happily building its web above my head or across my front door. I must admit, as adverse as I am to spiders, I continue to look at my front porch every day and wonder “Where have all the spiders gone?”