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!