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Fairy Foot Prints

I could feel something moving across my face and ear lobe as my mind came to consciousness.
I knew what was there before I opened my eyes and so I was assessing how many and the most effective way of addressing the chorus line now moving to down my neck.

Tiny garden spiders had hatched and escaped their web ball to make a life on their own and spin around the bedroom in exploration.

garden spider

It is the second morning of being thus awakened to my senses, at least the other morning I confronted them face first while getting my t-shirts out of the box in the attic.

I read in a magazine, I believe it was TIME, that everyone swallows at least 8 spiders in their lifetime. I am sure I have downed more than my fair share – I don’t mind these tiny ones.

I cuddled this group in a magic dust cloth and took them in my nightgown out to the back rose garden and let them loose there. I had missed a few on the reading light and my glasses so I grabbed thread and lowered them out the window. Any more finds will be dispatched with a tissue and a quick fair well address.

This little spring ritual I am used to and delight in having such a good working crew in the garden. I am sure it is because we save about $60 a month by putting the clothes on the line rather than using the dryer. I am not fond of the 9” rubbery looking Giant House Spiders and their young or the Fall ugliness of the toxic Hobo Spiders, but with garden spiders I am just fine.

As I am writing this one small survivor, which came out of my hair via web strand and down to the keyboard, is my inspiration to write today. Spiders always help me to find my writing time and space.

From my Medicine Cards Book by Jamie Sams & David Carson

So it was that Spider wove the first primordial alphabet, as she had woven the dream of the world that had become manifest.

Spider’s body is made like the number eight, consisting of two lobe-like parts connected at the waist, and eight legs. Spider is the symbol for the infinite possibilities of creation. Her eight legs represent the four winds of change and the four directions on the medicine wheel.

Spider weaves the webs of fate for those who get caught in her web and become her dinner. This is similar to humans who get caught in the web of illusion in the physical world, and never see beyond the horizon into the other dimensions.

The web of fate also represents a wheel of life, which does not include any alternatives or solutions. It is typically human to get caught in the polarity of good or bad fortune without realizing that we can change it at any time. If we are not decisive enough about changing our lots in life, we may end up being consumed by our fears and limitations.

Spider says I am too busy weaving my life plans and I am missing the infinite possibilities at the edge of my web.

The most important message of Spider is that you are an infinite being who will continue to weave the patterns of life and living throughout time. Do not fail to see the expansiveness of the eternal plan.

I am letting go of my writing contests and my eBook about marriage. I have been so focused on the grant writing and proposals and the hopeful outcome that I have lost sight of the writing I want to do. When the proposed workbook grant was withdrawn, I was sad and determined to figure out a new way to make my investment payoff.

Here is the payoff – I am going to share with you (in the days to come) the 4 absolutely beautiful stories about “How I met” with you and the Judges have nearly picked a winner who will receive the prize. These entries will roll your socks and just make you feel loving, they are so good; and that is really what it is all about?

I am sure the authors will appreciate your comments. What do you think are the infinite possibilities at the edge of the web?

21 Responses to “Fairy Foot Prints”

  1. Dot Says:

    Unfortunately, I have such a strong spider phobia that I could barely read this. I shuddered at the thought of spiders in my hair. I’m glad you can love these tiny beings, but I just feel fear.

    Dots last blog post..Auntie Meme

  2. Writer Dad Says:

    I like having my socks rolled. I’ll look forward to it.

    P.S. My son’s two best (imaginary) friends are spiders named James and Diego.

    Writer Dads last blog post..The Sands of Time

  3. patricia Says:

    The spiders are just here to get us to write it all down….do you fear all the infinite possibilities – that always seems a bit scary to me too…
    Yesterday as I was hanging the laundry I found two Hobo Spider’s tunnels by the water pipes – I am calling for professional help with those imports…
    I just think of garden spiders as my writing muse!

  4. patricia Says:

    Writer Dad,
    Well Charlotte was an amazing writer and they even made a movie of her talents!

    Garden spiders are all female…I still have one on my reading lamp that I only find evidence of each morning – she gets me to the computer with an idea nearly everyday…

    I call her Music in honor of the muse

  5. Positively Present Says:

    Wonderful post. I have always been fascinated by spiders…though I would never want to touch/feel/swallow one, haha. I love to watch them from afar and I think you’ve done a great job of exploring their beauty in this post. Thanks for sharing this!

    Positively Presents last blog post..stop judging: 4 reasons, 5 things, 6 ways

  6. Patricia Says:

    Positively Present,
    Thank you – spiders just get me writing and although I don’t love them they just seem to be part of my life in a good way.

  7. Barb Hartsook Says:

    Oh I don’t love spiders, but I love the story you wrote about these baby garden ones… all except for the one that escaped your hair. I’m afraid I’d have swatted…

    I look forward to your four stories about How We Met. I tried several times, and I love the story of how we met. I just didn’t take it past the first visual — I could paint that one better than I could write it, I think.

    I did have something for Staying Together… due June 15. We’ve been married 46 years this July, and our best-friendship is still growing.

    I wish you well on your grants… haven’t followed you on that, so maybe you’ll remind us what kind of workbook you’re doing???


    Barb Hartsooks last blog post..Do Impromptu Visits With Friends Uplift You?

  8. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    One of my daughters has an intense fear of spiders. :)

    Looking forward to reading the stories, Patricia!

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..A Rose Garden

  9. Jannie Funster Says:

    I like little spiders a lot. Just today I was prepared to tear a cobweb from my kitchen window sill when I saw a fly struggling in it. The web stayed.

    Patricia, I too am excited to read those stories.

    And I’m sure you know that with the withdrawn project comes an evrn better door about to burst open to wonderful things for you. And for us, your lucky readers! Sometimes we do not realize how good it is to let things go until they are gone. (Wait — ME telling YOU something like this – that’s a switch!)

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)

  10. Liara Covert Says:

    Patricia, all your talk of spiders suggests you would appreciate this link to some useful information abou spider spirits:


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  11. patricia Says:

    Yep, that is just why I let go of the project – there was no flow and nothing fell into place – I am sure something else is coming in its place and it will be better.

    the stories are wonderful…you will love them and I have a few other submissions for the other contests I will share over the summer too..

    When the student is ready the teacher comes!

  12. Patricia Says:

    What a fun page, I will go back tomorrow and explore some more.
    I love the little animations marching across the page!
    Thank you

  13. Lance Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I’m fascinated by the web they weave – what an amazing structure they build – Looking forward to the upcoming stories.

    Lances last blog post..This Is Funtertainment

  14. Jannie Funster Says:

    Just re-read your comment over at Lance’s on my “interview” post and it made me smile again. I will have to post a picture of my glorious new white sink, which on my blog will be under my already existing “kitchen sink” category. How ’bout that!

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)

  15. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming by – I think there has been a long time fascination with spiders and their webs. The stories are lovely

    see – the queen of remodeling patience.
    I see by the receipts – I may be getting those solar panels I asked for this past Christmas for my birthday – good things come to those who wait :)

  16. Davina Says:

    Yikes, “everyone swallows at least 8 spiders in their lifetime”!!! When I read this I shuddered. I’m afraid of spiders. Always have been. But, I won’t kill them. If I find one in my apartment, I will catch it in a plastic container WITH A LID, and let it go outside. Oh, the thought of swallowing a spider…. yuck! I did enjoy the movie Charlotte’s Web, but that IS another story.

    Davinas last blog post..Mindful Melancholy

  17. Patricia Says:

    Sorry did not mean to scare you! but I did not make up that fact. I just think I have swallowed a few for other people – ;D
    there that should help you feel better.

  18. Cricket-Tammy Says:

    Oh…I love this story. This reminds me of the post that was written about Dylan saving the earthworms from the driveway.

    I have this same feeling about bugs from my garden. I even save flies that might get into my home. I know…call me strange.

    You know Patricia, it is always best to follow the heart. Your reasons for not going through with something that you have placed focus on is OKAY. You will be happier for it.

    Cricket-Tammys last blog post..A Ride on Big Bertha…The Unexpected Journey

  19. Patricia Says:

    Saving souls and earthworms…not to mention spiders – maybe the real work we do?

    I am much happier as I have given up on what I thought would be a fun adventure and experience…I am now sharing what turned out to be great fun…sharing stories. The 4 posts so fare that have come from letting go as just wonderful…

    Hope you will enjoy reading them too?
    Thank you for stopping by – always my pleasure

    Patricias last blog post..And The Winner Is!

  20. Kay Lilland Says:

    Your writing or your spoken words..they have always been such a HUG for me.
    Today after church, a friend shared a tale about tarantulas…I learned they are in the desert around LHC. But to inject venom, Mr. T must chew to insert venom; that means you’ll feel the first chomp and can flick-off the critter before anything serious happens.

    Church today was a mixture of VBS and the Spirituality of U2. What a hoot! It was well received. The hokey pokey, origami, Maya Angelou children’s book, and Sunday Bloody Sunday.

  21. patricia Says:

    You are always a hug in my life – Youngest was so delighted to receive your graduation card – Thank you.
    Your Church program does sound like a Hoot! and a Hollar and no Mr. T for me…I have enough spiders.