Many of you already know I have a GINORMOUS spider phobia.

I scream when OTHER PEOPLE squash spiders.

What you don’t know is WHY I have arachnophobia.

Way back, when I was a young little girl, I didn’t like it when spiders were in my room. So I’d ask my dad to get rid of them.

My dad, being a vegetarian/pacifist who doesn’t believe in the senseless slaughter of animals, would get a plastic baggie and try to capture the spider in a bag.

Nine times out of ten the spider would fall behind my bed and I wouldn’t be able to sleep in my room that night.

When he DID catch the spider in the bag, he’d shake the bag in front of my face (yes, I know, not very kind to the spider), scaring me witless (yes, I know, not very kind to me).

Fast forward 4 decades and here I am, still scared of spiders but SOMEWHAT able to deal with them myself (squishing, flushing, stomping, etc).

I only OCCASIONALLY scream.

Which is why I have this fear/fascination with countries with LARGE and/or deadly spiders: Australia, South Africa, etc.

More than anything I want to go to Australia.

But have you SEEN those huntsman spiders?

Or, God forbid, a funnel web spider (which I think is a man killer)?

Someday I will drag myself to Australia, and I am sure I’ll have a great time, but believe you me, it will be with the thought of deadly spiders in my head THE WHOLE TIME!


P.S. My last run in was with a spider crawling on my neck in my tent trailer and I threw it across the trailer and against the front door. It made a THUD! FREAKY!


8 thoughts on “Arachnophobia

  1. Hong Kong used to have hissing spiders, damn things would fight back. A friend found one in her kitchen when they were there for work years ago. She went to whack it, it turned, hissed and started coming after her. I have ZERO need to go to Hong Kong! period!

    • That’s awful! I heard a story from a friend who visited South Africa and found a DINNER PLATE SIZED SPIDER in their car WHILE THEY WERE DRIVING!!! The kids in the backseat jumped out of the moving car to get away from it!

  2. Bugs with legs all creep me out. I can deal with them if they are contained, but not if they are where they might get me!
    Totally understand this post. Even if I wasn’t sure I wanted to open it due to the spider at the top!

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