The picture of the giraffe up a tree cracked me up! I can definitely relate. My whole family has a fear of or at least a strong dislike of spiders. I know it’s not rational, that humans are much bigger and smarter and can usually move faster, but spiders give me a chill down my spine.
When we were kids my sisters and I always called on our Dad to solve our spider problems. We would yell to him and like our hero he would come to our rescue and kill the scary spider. You know you can’t go to sleep with a spider in your room. They watch you with those beady eyes and as soon as the light goes off they start slowly inching along on those hairy legs right toward you.
When my daughters were young they developed a “bug alarm”, theirs was a lot more sensitive then mine, they hate spiders, bugs, ants, pretty much every creepy, crawly! Unfortunately, as the Mom, I was the one that had to come to the rescue and kill the spiders. I can tell you, my bravery was all an act to keep the girls calm, I was about in a sweat every time I had to kill a spider. I usually need a shoe to squash them, no grabbing with a tissue for me.
My daughters are both adults and even now if they see a spider the “bug alarm” goes off and they yell for me. I can tell by the panic in their voice why they are calling me, I give them a little grief and tell them to man up, but then I go kill the spider and I still hate it.
My sister has retained her fear of spiders. She uses the vacuum cleaner, she can have the long extension on the vacuum hose and be nearly across the room to get the spider!
So like the giraffe, we’re keeping our distance from spiders!