Two Cents Worth

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I was feeling pretty guilty a few weeks back when we were having all that rain. Rivers and creeks flooded their banks, people were evacuated from their homes and I felt a tinge of responsibility.

The devastation many people suffered because of the flooding is not something to be taken lightly. A few years back I was in a similar situation. Due to frozen ground, tons of snow complicated by warm temperatures and rain, six to eight inches of water filled my entire basement. There were other contributing factors but we won’t go there.

A submersible pump going full time siphoning gallons out couldn’t keep up. We shoveled snow and dug trenches outside to drain water away from the house, packed mud against the foundation and boarded up basement windows etc. Eventually we were able to curb the flow but not before a lot of damage was done, some permanent. It took weeks to empty, dry out and clean up the mess. So I do have an idea of what it feels like.

My guilt comes from spiders. A few weeks ago, I had an infestation of the critters in my bathroom. Rarely do I see one anywhere else in the house but they seem to really like my bathroom. Don’t know exactly where they come in but would often find one or two hiding up at the ceiling. They are most often light in colour and quite small. Knowing they are not venomous, not having a fear of spiders, and not wanting to spray chemicals, I simply squish and flush.

There seemed to be an inordinately large number when I got up one morning. Over the day I must have flushed a dozen or more. This continued, not always that many, for a week or so. Then the rains began. And it rained and it rained and it rained. It was then I remembered being told as a child if you killed a spider it will rain. Hence the guilt.

Don’t know where the kill-a-spider-and-it-will-rain saying came from because I could not find any reference to this in any of my research. What I did find was a lot of superstitions based on spiders. They are very beneficial in that they eat other creatures you don’t want crawling around your house like earwigs, silverfish, ants, lice and each other. I guess you can decide with which of these you prefer to live.

There is also a lot of fantasy that comes with spiders. Research tells me it’s a bad omen if a lot of spiders invade your home and you should be wary of some people with whom you associate. Mmmmm, have to think on that one.

It also depends on a lot of factors as to whether it’s a good thing or bad thing to find spiders in your house. For instance it means different things if it dangles from the ceiling, falls onto clothing, lands on your hand or head, its colour, size, the season or time of day. It can represent good fortune, gifts, money, visitors, letters.

So, I am not sure if I have to eliminate some people from my life or if I am going to get mail. Don’t know if the extermination in my bathroom caused the rain or not.

Got a couple mice, too, so do you think that brought on the latest snow storm? 


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